2 Corinthians

power in weakness

Is Jesus Christ in you?

October 2, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 13:5–14

The appeal of a “false gospel” was as strong in the Corinthian church as it is in the western church today. Are we Christian or counterfeit? The ultimate test is to examine and confirm the presence of Jesus Christ in us, individually and communally. His presence confirms we are, indeed, His disciples.

What are the marks of a true servant of Christ?

September 25, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 12:11—13:4

Paul was the spiritual father of the Corinthian church. However, he was forced to defend the faith in Corinth because he was not as smooth and appealing as that of the false teachers. In doing so, he shows how a true servant of Christ carries out ministry.

How do I handle discouragement?

September 18, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 12:1–10

Discouragement is common. How often we are discouraged can be an index for our spiritual maturity. Being discouraged all the time shows that we have not yet learned how to deal with challenges in a God-honoring way. Too little or no discouragement shows us not caring or detached from those around us.

Will you embrace your weaknesses?

September 11, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 11:16–33

When people boast about their accomplishments or credentials, the motivation is generally self-centered. We can find that tedious. Even worse, though, boasting leaves no room for God to be glorified. Instead, we are called to boast about something unlikely, things that show our weakness.

How do I protect from spiritual error?

September 4, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 11:1–15

From the moment we place our faith in Christ, our growth must remain grounded in the Gospel. Otherwise, we are susceptible to deception from teaching that sometimes veers from the truth of who He is.

How do I maximize my potential?

August 28, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 10:7–18

God made each of us unique. As in our creation, we have unique salvation stories with unique parts in His redemption plan (Ephesians 2:10). Paul’s purpose was to preach the Gospel. In giving authority to his ministry in Corinth, he shows us how we should consider the use of our time to advance the Gospel.

How do we fight darkness?

August 21, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 10:1–6

: Christians are living in the “right now” and “not yet” of the kingdom of God. We experience many eternal blessings such as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. However, this world is not the promised new earth and so we constantly confront darkness. We are reminded that how we fight darkness is as important as what we are called to confront.

How can I be generous?

August 7, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 8:1–15

Just like loving others, speaking truth and sharing our faith, generosity is a characteristic of a disciple of Jesus. Paul has shown that grace leads to repentance and repentance leads to joy. Now he shows that joy inspires generosity. Because we have been so richly blessed, we desire to be a blessing to others.

How do I find joy in my life?

July 31, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 7:2–16

As unlikely as it may seem, joy is directly and proportionally tied to genuine repentance for sin in ourselves and other believers. Admitting wrongdoing may not seem a right path to joy. However, it is because it leads us to celebrate the things God celebrates.

What are obstacles that hinder us?

July 24, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 6:11—7:1

If we become complacent, the greatest threats to ministry can come from within the church, not outside of it. It is with this perspective that Paul identifies transparent love and uncompromising purity as solutions to two of the obstacles to reconciliation ministry.

How do I represent Jesus well?

July 17, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 6:3–13

Ambassadors of Jesus must represent Him well. Paul returns to the theme that a comfortable life does not affirm God’s power or work in our lives. Instead, it is the way He enables us to persevere, despite distress, that shows us as legitimate ambassadors.

How can we change things?

July 10, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 5:16—6:2

Evil and brokenness have plagued mankind since the Fall. The solution to ridding ourselves of evil’s effects on the world will never originate from people. Instead, our hope comes from knowing God has reconciled us to Himself bringing peace through Jesus. In turn, all believers are called to be ambassadors of this reconciliation ministry.

What is there to live for?

July 3, 2022 • Jason McNutt • 2 Corinthians 5:6–17

A glance at the news and you might conclude this is an unprecedented time of crisis. However, times of crisis are not new. Today, as in Paul’s day, reflecting on the eternal “weight of glory” keeps us from becoming pessimistic and fatalistic. We are aware of life’s realities, but our eternal perspective motivates how we live.

Don't Lose Eternal Focus

June 26, 2022 • Dan Rivas • 2 Corinthians 4:16—5:5

Hope in Christ focuses us beyond current circumstances to the future. Paul recognizes that temporal afflictions, no matter how significant they seem, are no comparison to the eternal glory that awaits him (and us).

Why Me God?

June 19, 2022 • Jay Owen • 2 Corinthians 4:7–15

To have the most impact one would think God uses people and circumstances that have visible blessings in place. So that there is no doubt about whose power is at work, God moves through the unlikely to accomplish His plan to His glory.