2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2. Reconciliation with God begins with our believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. That leads to not only reconciliation, but also to new birth. Along with this new birth comes this passion for sharing the treasure of the gospel with the rest of the world.
2 Corinthians 5:11-15. Why is it that we go out and tell of the good news? What is it that drives us? As a church we have been reminded this week, through the encouragement of Revive Ohio, that this going out and persuading others should be a lifestyle controlled by the love of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10. Paul uses this section of the letter to compare the earthly tent that our bodies are now to the heavenly bodies that are to come for those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We are fix our thoughts and hopes on what is to come rather than the tent that we are in now.
We also get to listen to a testimony and witness a baptism.
2 Corinthians 4:7-18. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God. Paul describes some of the results that come from having the power of God [this treasure] at work inside of believers [jars of clay.] We dig into how this treasure gives believers life in the midst of death, an outspoken spirit of faith, and eyes of faith to see the unseen.
2 Corinthians 4:1-6. By the mercy of God, all of those who have turned toward the Lord with unveiled face are working as ministers of the gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ. Having this ministry as a gift from God, believers will not lose heart and will continue to share the light of the gospel that has the power to save.
2 Corinthians 3:7-18. After claiming that he and his team are ministers of the new covenant of Christ by the grace of God, Paul now uses the second half of chapter 3 to begin detailing how the glory of this new covenant far exceeds the glory of the old. With the new covenant comes the Holy Spirit who works in believers bringing them from one degree of glory to another.
2 Corinthians 3:1-6. Paul now turns his focus towards his sufficiency in being able to proclaim the gospel. Where did it come from and how was it authenticated? In our study this morning we are taught that Paul’s letters of recommendation were none other than the readers themselves. Their transformed lives were authenticated testimony of the power of the gospel message that God graced Paul to preach. How does your living letter read?
2 Corinthians 2:12-17. Jesus Christ has gained victory over the world and death for those who follow him. This victory evidences itself in the lifestyles of Jesus’ disciples. Christians share the fragrance of the gospel as they are led by Christ in triumphal procession through the watching world.
2 Corinthians 2:5-11. What is church discipline? What is the purpose of church discipline? How is church discipline to be practiced? The subject of church discipline is sometimes altogether avoided by the church and at other times implemented poorly. Today we study a scriptural background of the subject.
2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4. Everyone experiences conflict in many, if not all, of their relationships with others due to the fallen state of the world. As Paul describes how and why he has responded to this conflict in our study this morning, we find that our response to conflicts is a strong indicator of our faith.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11. Paul ends the introduction to this letter with an example of how God uses his own affliction to help comfort and strengthen the church. Paul shows how affliction causes us to move from self-reliance to a strengthened reliance on God who raises the dead!
2 Corinthians 1:1-7. We begin our study of 2 Corinthians today by introducing the purpose and the occasion of the letter. The overarching proclamation in this introduction to the letter is that God will comfort the church in all of their afflictions.