A Study on Sanctification through Paul’s Two Letters to the Corinthians

Sermon Series 14.2: Second Corinthians: Faithfulness through Ministry

 

If I Corinthians is like a guide for life accompanied by a light spanking of children, II Corinthians is similar to what parents would say after the reluctant spanking of their child and the desired repentance: Warm comforts, lavish gifts, guilt and justification, and a deep sharing of heart.

 

Pastor Daiqing Yuan, Ph.D.

 

Sermon #1- Introduction to the Book of Second Corinthians

Preached on Sunday, March 8, 2020

 

Paul visited Corinth for three times: (1) founding the church of Corinth during his 2nd Missionary Journey (A.D.50-51); (2) a “short and painful visit” during his 3rd Missionary Journey (A.D.52-54); and (3) the visit in the winter of 53/54. He wrote four letter to Corinth: (1) the “former letter” in c.52; (2) I Corinthians in early 53; (3) the “severe letter” in middle 53; and (4) II Corinthians in later 53. The first three letters are from Ephesus; I Corinthians was from Macedonian (perhaps Philippi).

Sermon #2 - In Defense of a Character of Faithfulness (II Corinthians 1:1-2:17)

Preached on Sunday, March 15, 2020

 

Paul spent two chapters defending his character, emphasizing that he was not fickle in changing his travel plans. He planned to visit Corinth twice. One visit turned “short and painful,” and the other was delayed. The changes were due to necessity; the “super apostles” humiliated Paul in his short visit, and Ephesus need more work. God works everything out for His faithful. Paul’s “severe letter” led to repentance of the Corinthians, even the sinning brother they excommunicated. Paul forgives and encourages forgiveness, as they restored the collection project for Jerusalem. Ministers of God should be honest, sincere, trustworthy and faithful, both in being and in name.

Sermon #3 - The New Covenant Revels Christ’s Glory to the Saints (II Corinthians 3:1-8)

Preached on Sunday, March 22, 2020

 

Paul spent two chapters defending his character, emphasizing that he was not fickle in changing his travel plans. He planned to visit Corinth twice. One visit turned “short and painful,” and the other was delayed. The changes were due to necessity; the “super apostles” humiliated Paul in his short visit, and Ephesus need more work. God works everything out for His faithful. Paul’s “severe letter” led to repentance of the Corinthians, even the sinning brother they excommunicated. Paul forgives and encourages forgiveness, as they restored the collection project for Jerusalem. Ministers of God should be honest, sincere, trustworthy and faithful, both in being and in name.

 

Sermon #4 - The Glory of Christ Is Present, Hidden in Vessels of Pottery (II Corinthians 4:1-18)

Preached on Sunday, March 29, 2020

 

The glory of Christ is now hidden in the body of believers, which are like vessels of pottery, opaque and brittle. The servants of God (and all faithful believers) share the suffering of Christ; thus, they can manifest the glory of Christ. They “die daily” so that others might live eternally. They give up the “outer life” and grow the “inner life.” They are bold in speaking because of knowing the future glorification with Christ.

Sermon #5 - The Glory of Christ in the Saints Will Be Revealed in Heaven (II Corinthians 5:1-21)

Preached on Sunday, April 5, 2020

 

The body is a changeable tent for the soul (5:1-5). The desire is to please Christ by faith (5:6-9). The motivation is gratitude for His grace (5:11-15). The ministry is reconciliation with God (5:1-16).

Sermon #6 - The Saints Are Expected to Respond to the Wonderful Grace (II Corinthians 6:1-7:1)

Preached on Sunday, April 19, 2020 ◦ We Are Temporarily Missing The Audio File to This Sermon

 

Paul relays God’s call to accept the salvific grace (6:1-2). He sacrifices to tell of God’s grace (6:3-10). He asked the Corinthians to respond to grace (6:11-13) and to leave the false teachers (6:14 –7:1).

Sermon #7 - Thank God for the Severe Letter (II Corinthians 7:2-16)

Preached on Sunday, April 26, 2020

 

Paul pleaded for the Corinthians to reconcile with him (7:2-4), as he was comforted by the good news brought by Titus (7:5-7). He was thankful that the “Severe Letter” brought repentance (7:8-12), and he rejoiced that the Corinthians responded to truth (7:13-16).

Sermon #8 - The Theology of Giving (Part 1), and the Way to Handle Money (II Corinthians 8:1-15)

Preached on Sunday, May 3, 2020

 

Paul praised the Macedonian church for their graceful giving (8:1-5). He asked the Corinthians to do better, teaching them at the same time a theology of giving (8:6-15): Giving is a positive response to grace (8:6-9); Giving is beneficial to the givers (8:10-12); and Giving is practicing the Biblical Principle of Equity (8:13-15). Paul taught the Corinthians the way of handling money: to find a trustworthy team (8:16-24).

 

Sermon #9 - The Theology of Giving (Part 2) (II Corinthians 9:1-15)

Preached on Sunday, May 10, 2020

 

Paul told the Corinthians to be an example of willing and bountiful giving (9:1-5). They are reminded of the benefits of giving: Givers are rewarded by the Law of Retribution (9:6-15); Giving leads people to love God and others (9:12-15).

 

Sermon #10 - Paul’s “Nuclear Option” (10:1-11)

Preached on Sunday, May 17, 2020

 

Paul declared that he would not exclude his “nuclear option” in the spiritual warfare against the false apostles. He is gentle to believers but bold to enemies (10:1-2). He fights the spiritual warfare with spiritual weapons (10:3-5), allowing people to chose which side of him to face (10:6-11).

 

Sermon #11 - The True Nature of the “Super Apostles” (10:15 –11:15)

Preached on Sunday, May 24, 2020

 

False apostles rob the fruits of other people’s work (10:15 –11:1); they rob the purity of new believers (11:2-6); and they rob the funds from the churches (11:7-12). They are actually undercover agents of Satan (11-13-15).

 

Sermon #12 - Defending Apostleship by Boasting as a “Fool” (11:16 –12:13)

Preached on Sunday, May 31, 2020

 

Paul boasted only because the false apostles did (11:16-20). He claimed to be no less Israelite than the “super apostles” (11:21-22), he suffered a lot more as a Servant of Christ (11:23-33), and he received deeper spiritual revelations (12:1-10). He never took monetary advantages (12:11-13).

 

Sermon #13 - Paul’s Plan for the Third Visit (12:14 –13:14)

Preached on Sunday, June 7, 2020

 

Paul and his team never served for money (12:14-18). He hoped that the Corinthians would repent from rebellion (12:19-21). He was ready to demonstrate the power of God in him (13:1-4); but he wished that he did not have to use his “nuclear option” (13:5-10). The book ends with one of the greatest of benedictions in the New Testament (13:11-14).

 

Sermon #13 concluded the study of I & II Corinthians -- where we examined the Challenges and Blessings of Sanctification. Please join us at Abilene Bible Church for fellowship, prayer, study, and worship.

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