Beginning the Journey (for new Christians)
1, 2, and 3 John
1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Timothy
2 Peter, Jude
7 Last Words of Christ
Christ Powered Life (Rom 5-8)
David, Life of
Jesus and the Kingdom
Lamb of God
Names of God
Sermon on the Mount
and Bible Study Commentary for Personal Devotional Use, Small Groups or Sunday
School Classes, and Sermon Preparation for Pastors and Teachers
Need to learn how to cope with pressure? Study 2 Corinthians!
Letters written to struggling churches by stressed-out apostles make fascinating reading. The Apostle Paul explains his situation: "We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life." He is writing to a church where his reputation has been trashed by self-appointed apostles, a church that desperately needs balance and correction.
From this crucible of tribulation comes the most intimate of Paul's epistles. He bares his soul, explains how God has given him strength despite physical abuse, repeated hardship, and crushing pressure. How can Paul endure? What makes this apostle tick? What can I learn from him? As you immerse yourself in 2 Corinthians, you begin to understand.
The letter contains many nuggets of spiritual insight, such as the anointing and sealing of the Spirit, living letters, transformation from beholding God's glory, treasures in clay pots, assurance of Christ's presence at the moment of death, the new creation, being ambassadors of reconciliation, holiness, financial sowing and reaping, and rejoicing in weakness because it causes you to draw from God's power.
This volume explores Second Corinthians in 12 lessons that can be used for personal enrichment, by small groups and classes, and by teachers and preachers for sermon preparation.
Here's the abbreviated table of contents of this 200-page book:
|Table of Contents||5|
|References and Abbreviations||12|
|Introduction to 2 Corinthians||14|
|1. The God of All Comfort (1:1-11)||19|
|2. Tension with the Corinthians (1:12-2:11)||28|
|3. The Fragrance of Christ's Ministering People (2:12-3:6)||38|
|4. Being Changed by God's Glory (3:7-18)||49|
|5. Treasures in Clay Pots (4:1-18)||58|
|6. Walking by Faith, Not by Sight (5:1-16)||72|
|7. A Ministry of Reconciliation (5:17-6:2)||85|
|8. Hardships, Holiness, and Joy (6:3-7:16)||94|
|9. Generosity Modeled and Encouraged (8:1-9:5)||111|
|10. Sowing Generously (9:6-15)||125|
|11. Paul's Defense of His Ministry (10-11)||136|
|12. Paul's Vision, Thorn, and Final Words (12-13)||152|
|Appendix 1: Handouts for Group Participants||172|
|Appendix 2. A Brief Critique of the Prosperity Message||194|
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- 1, 2, and 3 John
- 1 Peter
- 2 Peter & Jude
- 1 & 2 Thessalonians
- 1 & 2 Timothy
- 1 Corinthians
- 2 Corinthians
- Abraham, Faith of
- Christ Powered Life (Romans 5-8)
- Christmas Incarnation
- Colossians and Philemon
- Great Prayers of the Bible
- Jacob, Life of
- Jesus and the Kingdom of God
- JesusWalk: Beginning the Journey
- John's Gospel
- Lamb of God
- Lord's Supper
- Luke's Gospel
- Moses the Reluctant Leader
- Names and Titles of God
- Resurrection and Easter Faith
- Sermon on the Mount
- Seven Last Words of Christ