2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4

February 16, 2020

Purpose: How can we respond when we don’t get along with another Christian?

“Boasting” (1:12)
  • Biblical Understanding – Paul isn’t boasting in himself but in God’s faithfulness. See 2 Corinthians 10:17 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
  • We see displayed in Paul’s use of the words, ‘simplicity’ and ‘sincerity.’
    • Simplicity = Holiness, single-mindedness
    • Sincerity = Judged by the sun’s heat, found pure
Explanation (1:13-17, 2:1-4)
  • Paul explains why he changed his plans
God’s Faithfulness (1:18-22)
  • Paul wants the Corinthians to see that God is absolutely faithful and trustworthy, even if they do not believe him personally.
  • “For all the promises of God find their yes in him” Open page of 27 Statements
Six (6) Applications
  1. Search me, O Lord
  2. Listen before making a judgement
  3. Don’t read between the lines
  4. look to Jesus
  5. Gospel empowered reconciliation
  6. Motivated by love
  • BEHOLD: Do we trust in the unwavering faithfulness of and the gospel?
  • REFLECT: With love towards others, we humble ourselves and seek reconciliation
  • MEMORIZE: 2 Corinthians 2:14-16