Ep. #08 "SECOND CORINTHIANS" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS]

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Episode: Paul’s Letters Series No. 08 Narrator: Titus Primary Scriptures: Second Corinthians Story Summary: Paul’s second New Testament letter to the church in Corinth Location: Roman Empire; Greece, Corinth Time: AD 30 Jesus crucified and resurrected; Pentecost; Holy Spirit arrives AD 48 Paul’s “famine visit” to Jerusalem; First Missionary Journey starts AD 50 Council at Jerusalem; Start of Second Missionary Journey. AD 53 Start of Third Missionary Journey AD 56 Paul writes 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians Suggested Memory Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 2:14; 4:16-18; 5:10, 17, 20-21; 6:14; 9:6-7; 10:4-5; 12:9 In Second Corinthians, Paul seemingly jumps from topic to topic, but there are three main themes. First, Paul defends his apostleship and his authority. In this letter, Paul also makes a passionate plea for the Corinthians to commit to their relationship with him. Their relationship was strained by his previous letters criticizing their behavior, and possibly by a previous visit that didn’t go well. Next, Paul calls on them to be generous, especially in their giving toward the big relief fund Paul is raising for the Jerusalem church. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul lays out many valuable principles about giving, especially giving to other churches and Christians in need. Third, much of the letter is about reconciliation, especially in two areas: among the Corinthians themselves, and between God and mankind. First Corinthians exposed many of the problems of the Corinthian church. Although some of those were corrected by the time of Second Corinthians, they still had a list of improvements they needed to make. In 2 Corinthians 4-5, Paul gives tantalizing information about the eternal rewards of being faithful to God. In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, he makes it clear that eternal rewards are far more valuable and important than the rewards of this world, that heavenly homes are eternal. If you go to Corinth today, there is a famous platform in the middle of the city. It is known as the Bema, or judgment seat. It was where official proclamations were made, or where citizens stood to be judged by officials. Several of these Bema seats are mentioned in the Bible: when Pilate tried Jesus in Jerusalem; when Agrippa made a speech before it in Caesarea before being struck down with worms and where Paul was tried before Festus; and this one in Corinth where Paul was tried before Gallio. This is possibly what Paul had in mind when he cautioned the Corinthians: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10) Discussion Questions: 1. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-9, Paul goes into great detail about the trials he is facing. Why did he do that? Would 2 Corinthians 1:10-11 have been enough to change his discouraging news to encouraging news? 2. 2 Corinthians 4:15 is another verse showing that the overall purpose of the gospel is God i

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Ep. #08 "SECOND CORINTHIANS" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS] | FaithChannel Episode: Paul’s Letters Series No. 08 Narrator: Titus Primary Scriptures: Second Corinthians Story Summary: Paul’s second New Testament letter to the church in Corinth Location: Roman Empire; Greece, Corinth Time: AD 30 Jesus crucified and resurrected; Pentecost; Holy Spirit arrives AD 48 Paul’s “famine visit” to Jerusalem; First Missionary Journey starts AD 50 Council at Jerusalem; Start of Second Missionary Journey. AD 53 Start of Third Missionary Journey AD 56 Paul writes 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians Suggested Memory Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 2:14; 4:16-18; 5:10, 17, 20-21; 6:14; 9:6-7; 10:4-5; 12:9 In Second Corinthians, Paul seemingly jumps from topic to topic, but there are three main themes. First, Paul defends his apostleship and his authority. In this letter, Paul also makes a passionate plea for the Corinthians to commit to their relationship with him. Their relationship was strained by his previous letters criticizing their behavior, and possibly by a previous visit that didn’t go well. Next, Paul calls on them to be generous, especially in their giving toward the big relief fund Paul is raising for the Jerusalem church. In 2 Corinthians 8-9, Paul lays out many valuable principles about giving, especially giving to other churches and Christians in need. Third, much of the letter is about reconciliation, especially in two areas: among the Corinthians themselves, and between God and mankind. First Corinthians exposed many of the problems of the Corinthian church. Although some of those were corrected by the time of Second Corinthians, they still had a list of improvements they needed to make. In 2 Corinthians 4-5, Paul gives tantalizing information about the eternal rewards of being faithful to God. In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, he makes it clear that eternal rewards are far more valuable and important than the rewards of this world, that heavenly homes are eternal. If you go to Corinth today, there is a famous platform in the middle of the city. It is known as the Bema, or judgment seat. It was where official proclamations were made, or where citizens stood to be judged by officials. Several of these Bema seats are mentioned in the Bible: when Pilate tried Jesus in Jerusalem; when Agrippa made a speech before it in Caesarea before being struck down with worms and where Paul was tried before Festus; and this one in Corinth where Paul was tried before Gallio. This is possibly what Paul had in mind when he cautioned the Corinthians: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10) Discussion Questions: 1. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-9, Paul goes into great detail about the trials he is facing. Why did he do that? Would 2 Corinthians 1:10-11 have been enough to change his discouraging news to encouraging news? 2. 2 Corinthians 4:15 is another verse showing that the overall purpose of the gospel is God i

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