Contributed on Aug 22, 2018
This passage repeats "comfort" again and again. What does Paul teach us hear about God's comfort?
HARD ROAD: This life is tough and we will need some comfort along the way. - 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. - Even if you were only half paying attention when I read the passage, you know the main word: “comfort.” It’s littered throughout the verses. - Comfort is something that we all need from time to ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2018
Encouragement for when we are in the midst of struggles.
Where Do I Find Hope When I’m Struggling? 1. Hardships are not unusual. - 2 Corinthians 1:8-9a. - There can be resentment in our relationship with God when hard times come. “Doesn’t God love me?” “Why is God allowing this?” It can lead us to question God. - This is particularly true if we’ve ...read more
Contributed on Aug 31, 2018
Christians today tend to romanticize the early church as a Golden Age when passages like this one present a picture of a church with plenty of struggles. What does that mean for how we should view the church today?
- Read 2 Corinthians 1:12-17 and 2:1-10. An Early Church Story: - What we are looking at today is just one story from the early church. 1. There was serious sin in the church. - 2 Corinthians 2:6; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13. - We know this from 1 Corinthians 5 and Paul’s extensive instructions to ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2018
If Paul here says that all God's promises are "yes" in Jesus, how can I have more confidence to claim those promises?
“‘Yes’ In Christ”: We are missing out on a great verse to boost our confidence in answered prayer. - 2 Corinthians 1:20. - This is such a great verse and yet it’s one that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. This is one that is worth regularly quoting in prayer. It’s just a vibrant ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2018
This passage teaches that God is the one who ultimately allows us to stand firm. Paul shares three ways that God does that.
An Encouraging Truth For Weak Moments: Standing firm is ultimately not a matter of our strength; God makes us stand firm. - 2 Corinthians 1:21. - Certainly it needs to be said that we need to do our part in standing firm. We are instructed at various points in the New Testament to stand firm. A ...read more
Contributed on Oct 9, 2018
Some hopeful words for those struggling with the rejection that sometimes happens when we witness for Christ.
AN INEVITABLE CHALLENGE: Ministry is uncertain. - 2 Corinthians 2:12-13. - We don’t know all the details, but these verses indicate some good and some bad. A HOPEFUL TRUTH: The Kingdom is always advancing. - 2 Corinthians 2:14a – “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal ...read more
Contributed on Oct 9, 2018
Paul declares that the proof of his ministry is the changed lives of the Corinthians. Do we focus on that today?
THE GOAL OF EFFECTIVE MINISTRY: The goal is not empire building, but changed lives. - 2 Corinthians 3:1-3. - v. 1 – they were the letters of recommendation. - v. 2 – “You yourselves are our letter . . .” - v. 3 – “. . . you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry . . . ” - v. 3 – ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2018
In what ways is the new covenant better than what Moses shared?
What Should We Do? Embrace the better new. - Sometimes Christians seem to pine for the Old Testament way of doing things. A couple examples: a. Getting to see God show up physically with smoke and lightning fireworks. b. Having a list of rules to follow. - A larger problem than that, though, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 26, 2018
Encouragement when we're tempted to hide our sin or pretend that we didn't sin.
- In this sermon, I’m going to focus on the transition statements within this passage. I want to do that because in this particular passage those words give us some clues to the point that Paul is making. They each point to a significant idea within this passage. When You Feel Like You’re Not ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2018
Paul tells us the world is blind to the gospel. What is the key to help them see?
- Earlier, use this for the Children’s Sermon. Have a box with one side open and that open side up against the wall. Let the kids guess what might be in the box. Then have helper pick up the box and hold it front of their face, causing a light to shine on their face from the flashlight in the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 6, 2018
A look at why it's ok that we are merely "jars of clay."
A Picture Of Us And God: We are the plain pot; Christ is the magnificent flower. - 2 Corinthians 4:7. Living This Truth Out: 1. It’s ok to admit your shortcomings. - 2 Corinthians 4:7 – “jars of clay.” 2. Accept that you’re the plain pot and Christ is the magnificent flower. - 2 ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2018
This difficult passage points us toward who we are in Christ and how He grows us.
HOW GOD GROWS US THROUGH STRUGGLES: 1. AN EASY LIFE? God does not take away our struggles, though He does ensure they don’t overwhelm us. - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9. - In verses 8-9, Paul shares four statements that we’d rather not hear. They speak clearly to an uncomfortable truth: God’s goal is ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2018
A look at having a "spirit of faith" and three of the things that brings into our lives.
OUR ACTION: We speak (and live) with a spirit of faith. - 2 Corinthians 4:13. - Paul quotes Psalm 116. In that Psalm the writer cried out for mercy and God came through for him. This sentence drawn from that speaks to the writer’s faith in God. “I believed” – he had faith in God to come ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2018
Encouragement on how to not lose heart. How does God use struggles to move us forward spiritually?
WHY DO WE GET DISCOURAGED? Obstacles weigh us down. - 2 Corinthians 4:16a. - In one sense, it’s good news that the first part of v. 16 is in there. It’s a reminder to us that God knows that we get discouraged and need a little hope. These verses are in here to give us that hope. Hopefully ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2018
Paul details the purpose God created us for and the importance of the new body that Christians will experience.
A BETTER BODY: Our current body is like a leaky tent; our resurrection body is like a solid building. - 2 Corinthians 5:1-2, 4, 8. - Verse 1 compares our earthly body to a tent. If you’ve been camping you know that most tents can be leaky, drafty, decidedly rough. But we have a second body to ...read more