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2 Corinthians

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Raising Funds Honorably

  1. Be dedicated to God .

  2. Provide information.

  3. Show definite purpose and goal

  4. Be enthusiastic

  5. Reveal honesty and integrity

  6. Be accountable

  7. Le people give willingly

  8. Be generous yourselves

  9. Have someone to keep it moving

  10. Be persistent, trusting God to provide

  • 8:5

  • 8:4

  • 8:4

  • 8:7, 8, 11

  • 8:21

  • 9:3

  • 9:7

  • 8:7

  • 8:18-22

  • 8:22ff

Principles of Confrontation in 2 Corinthians

Method

Reference

  1. Be firm and bold

  2. Affirm all you see that is good

  3. Be accurate and honest

  4. Know the facts

  5. Follow up after the confrontation

  6. Be gentle after being firm

  7. Speak words that reflect Christ's message, not you own ideas

  8. Use discipline only when all else fails

  • 7:9; 10:2

  • 7:4

  • 7:14; 8:21

  • 11:22-27

  • 7:13; 12:14

  • 7:15; 13:11-13

  • 10:3; 10:12; 13; 12:19

  • 13:2

Sometimes rebuke is necessary, but it must be used with caution. The purpose of any rebuke, confrontation, or discipline is to help people, not hurt them.

Paul's Credentials

  1. Commissioned by God

  2. Acted in holiness, sincerity, and dependence on God alone in his dealings with them

  3. Was straightforward and sincere in his letters

  4. Spoke truthfully

  5. Had God's Holy Spirit

  6. Loved the Corinthian believers

  7. Spoke with sincerity and Christ's authority

  8. Worked among them and changed their lives

  9. Did not give up

  10. Taught the Bible with integrity

  11. Had Christ as the center of his message

  12. Endured persecution as he taught the Good News

  13. Was Christ's ambassador, called to tell the Good News

  14. Tried to live an exemplary life so others would not be kept from God

  15. Led a pure life, understood the gospel, and displayed patience with the Corinthians

  16. Was trustful and filled with God's power

  17. Stood true to God first and always

  18. Never led anyone or took advantage of anyone

  19. Handled their offering for the Jerusalem believers in a responsible, blameless manner

  20. Used God's weapons, not his own, for God's work

  21. Was confident that he belonged to Christ

  22. Would boast not in himself but in the Lord

  23. Had authority because he taught them the Good News

  24. Endured pain and danger as he fulfilled his calling

  25. Was blessed with an astounding vision

  26. Lived as an example to the believers

  27. Was constantly humbled by a "thorn" in the flesh that God refused to take away

  28. Did miracles among them

  29. Was always motivated to strengthen others spiritually

  30. Was filled with God's power

  31. Passed the test

  32. Was always concerned that his spiritual children become mature believers

  • 1:1, 21; 4:1

  • 1:12

  • 1:13, 14

  • 1:18; 4:2

  • 1:22

  • 2:4; 6:11; 11:11

  • 2:17

  • 3:2, 3

  • 4:1, 16

  • 4:2

  • 4:5

  • 4:8-12; 6:4, 5, 9, 10

  • 5:18-20

  • 6:3, 4

  • 6:6

  • 6:7

  • 6:8

  • 7:2; 11:7-9

  • 8:20, 21

  • 10:1-6

  • 10:7, 8

  • 10:12, 13

  • 10:14, 15

  • 11:23-33

  • 12:2-4

  • 12:6

  • 12:7-10

  • 12:12

  • 12:19

  • 13:4

  • 13:5, 6

  • 13:9

Differences between 1 and 2 Corinthians

The two letters to the Corinthians church that we find in the Bible are very different, with different tones and focuses.

The Blueprint

  1. Paul explains his actions (1:1-2:11)

  2. Paul defends his ministry (2:12-7:16)

  3. Paul defends the collection (8:1-9:15)

  4. Paul defends hi authority (10:1-13:14)

In responding to the attacks on his character and authority, Paul explains the nature of Christian ministry and, as an example, openly shares about his ministry. This is an important letter for all who wish to be involved in any kind of Christian ministry, because it has much to teach us about how we should handle our ministries today. Like Paul, those involved in ministry should be blameless, sincere, confident, caring, open, and willing to suffer for the sake of Christ.

Second Corinthians Overview