2 Corinthians – Treasure In Jars Of Clay

LATEST TALK: Faith Alone is Assurance of Salvation. 8th Oct, 2017

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While we live out our lives as Christians, we are fully aware that we are broken and struggle in many ways. This part of God’s Word speaks directly to our present situation, in order to give us comfort while we wait. The amazing result of the gospel is that God places His glorious power within our hearts; it is like treasure found in jars of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Join us each Sunday for this series which will encourage us, re-focus us, and develop endurance and patience while we wait for the glorious day of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Throughout this series we have provided daily reading notes so you can follow along more closely the letter of Second Corinthians.

Previous series Ephesians here.

 


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Talk 15 – Second Corinthians 13

What is your greatest desire for yourself and those you love? Surely it is to be standing together, blameless before Jesus on the day he comes again, full of joy and hope. If that is the goal, how does that shape the way we relate to one-another now? As we come to the final chapter of 2 Corinthians those are the questions we are wrestling with.

 

Talk 14 – Second Corinthians 12:11-21

It is terrific to gather together as God’s people and hear God speak to us at church. But what expectations do you bring? How would you be able to recognise a version of Christianity that was sub-standard? That is the allegation being brought against the Apostle Paul. As he addresses questions about his ministry it helps us think about our own context.

 

Talk 13 – Second Corinthians 11:16 – 12:10

We live in a world obsessed by strength, beauty and skill. As God’s children should we expect to be blessed with these things more than others? Here, Paul’s example teaches us that true contentment lies in a very different direction.

 

Talk 12 – Second Corinthians 11:1-15

The Apostle Paul is greatly concerned for the Corinthian church. They have been duped by a false Gospel! Paul’s word of condemnation to the false teachers is strong. How do we keep ourselves from erroneous teaching and when is it appropriate to use the same language of condemnation?

 

Talk 11 – Second Corinthians 10

What expectations do you have of church, Christians, pastors? What expectations do you have of the Spirit? How do you know when the Spirit has turned up? Paul tells us what is the evidence of the Spirit’s work in 2 Corinthians 10.

 

Talk 10 – Second Corinthians 9

Earlier in Second Corinthians we learn the New Covenant Jesus brings writes God’s law on our hearts so that we want to please God. This chapter sees what that looks like in action, in particular in relation to Christian giving.

 

Talk 9 – Second Corinthians 8

We have been hearing the blessings of the New Covenant that Jesus brings: that God’s law is now written on our hearts so that we want to please God. What does that looks like in action, in particular in relation to Christian giving.

I pray that God does a powerful work in our hearts through his Spirit today and into eternity.

 

Talk 8 – Second Corinthians 7:2-16

Some of the things we know and hold dearly as a Christian is that we are forgiven, and God gives all Christians His Holy Spirit enabling them to choose obedience over sin. One of the difficult things we face is how to we help someone we love stuck in sin. What do we say? How do we say it? When do we say it?

 

Talk 7 – Second Corinthians 6:3 – 7:4

“Do not be unequally yoked”: a strange command. What does it mean for us today? We continue our series in Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church. We are reminded that the privilege of being God’s special people carries a responsibility to strive for purity. Today we wrestle with what that might look like for us.

 

Talk 6 – Second Corinthians 5:11 – 6:2

What it is that convinces and compels us to live for Jesus?

 

Talk 5 – Second Corinthians 4:16 – 5:10

In 2 Corinthians 5:6 Paul says “therefore we are always confident”. But this confidence of Paul’s is very different from the positive thinking and success mentality so prominent in our society. It is a confidence that comes from God, and that holds firm even in the face of death itself.

 

 

Talk 4 – Second Corinthians 4:1-18

Often while involved in ministry we experience situations where we can lose heart. Luckily God has everything under control and Paul serves as a perfect example of someone who had every reason to lose heart but didn’t. In this passage Paul outlines the reasons he does not lose heart. This is a great part of the Bible that encourages us on why we do the ministry we do at The Lakes. As we listen to God’s word today, we will see every reason why we too should not lose hear.

 

 

Talk 3 – Second Corinthians 2:14 – 3:18

Will your life make a difference? We all want a life of significance. But how many people can look back on their lives and be confident that they have made a lasting contribution? Continuing to look at Paul we see that although his ministry  may have looked unimpressive and weak, it was infact making and eternal impact.

 

 

Talk 2 – Second Corinthians 1:12 – 2:13

Have you ever been misunderstood? Often it is trivial, but sometimes the cost is high, and there are hurts and divisions that  result. Today we look at the situation where the Apostle Paul is badly misunderstood. But the consequences in Paul’s situation are massive and eternal.

 

 

Talk 1 –  Second Corinthians 1:1-11 – Lasting Comfort

When life is good, there’s not a care in the world. Things are great. The sun’s out and everyone is happy. The problem is, life comes with its twists and turns. Illness, tragedy and tough times are never far away. That’s simply the reality of the world we live in. During those times, where is comfort to be found? We often chase comfort in temporary things. Today we consider the source of true and lasting comfort.