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2 Corinthians
Discipleship Lessons
and Bible Study Commentary for Personal Devotional Use, Small Groups or Sunday School Classes, and Sermon Preparation for Pastors and Teachers

2 Corinthians: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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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:

Preface 3
Table of Contents 5
Reprint Guidelines 11
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

Detailed Table of Contents

Participant lesson handouts can be downloaded and printed for your group or class at no charge.

The book is available in both paperback and e-book formats.

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