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2 Corinthians

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2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1

The culture of Corinth was heavily influenced by the business language of compromise. Although the pagan temples had their devotees, there was a reasonable tolerance as long as new religious ideas did not displace it's influence (the shrines were also centres of lucrative business –

Let Love Flow

2 Corinthians 7:2-4

Although the church in Corinth was immature and foolishly sinful at times – Paul loved them. He was an apostle, evangelist and teacher, but he had a pastor's heart. He did not just found the church (

God Comforts The Downcast

2 Corinthians 7:5-7

Everybody needs encouragement, even the Apostle Paul. He loved the church in Corinth, and was anxious for them - having received no news for some time. Like a parent, he longed to hear that they were doing well. It was not a personality weakness, or sinful faithlessness, but the product of love.

Godly Sorrow Brings Repentance

2 Corinthians 7:8-10

Nobody likes to be rebuked, but if we do not realise how offensive our sin is, we need it (Proverbs 3:11-12).

Godly Sorrow Sharpens The Conscience

2 Corinthians 7:11-13

Paul firmly rebuked the Corinthian church for tolerating sin (2 Corinthians 7:8-10).

Godly Confidence

2 Corinthians 7:14-16

Titus had come back to Paul with good news. The church in Corinth was still true to the gospel, and still honoured the authority which Jesus had given to Paul as His apostle (Acts 26:16-18).

Grace Leads To Giving

2 Corinthians 8:1-4

The Early Church understood that giving was an essential part of authentically following Jesus. Giving to the poor was a part of the Old Testament law (Deuteronomy 15:7-11), and instruction from God who is compassionate.

The Process Of Godly Giving

2 Corinthians 8:5

How does giving start? For some it is a guilt-ridden response to an appeal or repeated appeals. For others, it is a way to look good to other people (Mark 12:41-44).

Encouragement To Give

2 Corinthians 8:6-7

Giving is not natural to sinful human beings except where we have a personal interest, or to the people we love. By definition, sinfulness places self in the centre and keeps the best for ourselves. That is why we must be taught to share and give. The church in Corinth was no exception.

Graceful Giving

2 Corinthians 8:8-9

Although Paul wanted to encourage the Corinthians to contribute generously towards the gift for the Jerusalem church (2 Corinthians 8:6), he could not command them to give.