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Handout 9 - 2 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians

Handout 9 - 2 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians

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Lecture 9
2 Corinthians, Philippians, 1 and 2 Thessalonianswww.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3176820
2 Corinthians
This is perhaps Paul’s most personal and autobiographical letter.
 Reading 2 Corinthians is like turning on the TV in the middle of a show.The two letters we have in the Bible from Paul to the Corinthians is just part of theirongoing conversation and relationship over time.Corinth
Lecture 9
2 Corinthians, Philippians, 1 and 2 Thessalonianswww.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3176820
In 1 Corinthians
you can already tell that some people within the congregation don
tlike Paul.Between 1 and 2 Corinthians, this dislike or hatred for Paul was amplified by someoutsiders who presented themselves as
superstar leaders
They compared themselves to Paul
and thought they were betterPaul
s CV
25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I wasshipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled onmany long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from menwho claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduringmany sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without  food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.
(1 Cor 11:25-27)How can you tell which leader to follow?What is true success?Three major parts to 2 Corinthians:1-7, 8-9, 10-13.Chapters 1-7
Paul gives an explanation of what Christian leadership really lookslike.The big point
the normal experience of weakness and suffering for Paul
Lecture 9
2 Corinthians, Philippians, 1 and 2 Thessalonianswww.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3176820
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered inthe province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure,so that we despaired even of life. 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises thedead 
(2 Cor 1:8-9)
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the lifeof Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being
 given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal 
body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
(2 Cor 4:7-12)Chapters 8-9
Paul turns his mind to a collection of money for the poor churches inJerusalem.The glory of the gospel is seen in the content and not the vessel.The example of the Macedonians:
Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled upin rich generosity
2 Cor 8:22 Cor 8:9 -
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he wasrich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
 Following the example of Jesus and giving ourselves (and our money) away to enrichthe lives of others.The climax of it all
2 Cor 9:7 -
 Each man should give what he has decided in hisheart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver 

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