1 & 2 Corinthians
God Loves Cheerful Givers
2 Corinthians 9:1-15 • November 17, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Why does Paul insist that Christians must give willingly, not as a tax or paying dues? What is the false prosperity Gospel? How does the sowing and reaping principle in 2 Corinthians 9:6 not lead to a prosperity Gospel? What will increase your joy in giving? 2 Corinthians 9 ends with a generous God (2 Corinthians 9:15). How does God’s giving inform your giving?
2 Corinthians 8:1-24 • November 10, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: What offering does Paul challenge the church to give towards? What comparable gifts should churches give today? What motivates generous Christians in 2 Corinthians 8? Make a list and determine if these influences compel your giving. What does it mean to be generous? What principles guide your giving to church, to organizations, and to the needy? How can a person give generously in the right way, for the right motive, and with the right outcome?
2 Corinthians 7:10-16 • November 3, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: What is the difference between godly grief and worldly grief? What does each type of grief produce? Have you every written a letter like the Apostle Paul’s severe letter (2 Corinthians 7:8-9, 12)? How can rebuke be communicated clearly? What role did Titus play between Paul and the Corinthians? What principles of sharing or withholding information can be learned from this story? How do you personally react to pain and sorrow? What spiritual disciplines help process the emotional upheaval provoked by grief?
Afflicted, But Overflowing with Joy
2 Corinthians 7:1-9 • October 27, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: What hinders moral and spiritual purity? How can a Christian cultivate holiness in the fear of the Lord as 2 Corinthians 7:1 commands? What stood in the way between Paul and the Corinthian believers? How can you make room for someone in your heart? Who is the next person you need room to accept? Describe Paul’s friendship with Titus. How did Titus encourage Paul? How can you encourage someone else in a similar way? Who plays the role of Titus in your life?
Be Not Unequally Yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) | Michael Wilburn
What does the imagery of a yoke suggest? What human relationships should be governed by this “Do not be yoked” command? According to 2 Corinthians 6:16, what are the promises God makes to his people? How is God ever-present in your life? Since the Church is the “temple of the living God,” what behaviors set it apart? What are the two sides of biblical separation? What are Christians separated from and what are they separated unto?
The Day of Salvation
2 Corinthians 6:1-13 • October 6, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: What is the danger of receiving the grace of God in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1)? How can this danger be avoided? How should a Christian or Christian leader respond to opposition? How does the text address misrepresentations? Is it comforting to know that spiritual leaders like Paul experience conflict, stress, and sleepless nights? What spiritual disciplines will sustain you through emotional distress? What does it mean to “widen your hearts”? Can this be done alone or does it require the presence and involvement of a local church?
Persuaded by the Gospel
2 Corinthians 5:11-21 • September 29, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: What does reconciliation mean? Why does the Bible describe salvation as reconciliation? Are you a new creation in Christ? What differences has it made between your life before and your life after salvation? How are you obedient to “persuade others” (2 Corinthians 5:11) and implore others "on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20)? If Christians are “ambassadors for Christ", who are you presently encouraging to become a believer?
Walk by Faith, Not by Sight
2 Corinthians 5:1-10 • September 22, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
APPLICATION QUESTIONS: God gifts the Holy Spirit to his children. What does the Holy Spirit guarantee? How will understanding Christian death equip you to live a Christian life of faith? What does the Bible teach about a resurrected body (“a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" - 2 Corinthians 5:1)? What life challenges require good courage? How will you walk by faith through decision, change, or trail?
Jars of Clay
2 Corinthians 4:7-18 • September 8, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
APPLICATION QUESTIONS: 1. Why is the body described as a ‘jar of clay’ in 2 Corinthians 4:7? How should a Christian care for their body? How are Christians taught to think about declining health? 2. What similarities exist between Christ and a Christian in 2 Corinthians 4:7-18? 3. Have you been afflicted, perplexed, persecuted, or struck down? Are you still alive? How has God sustained you as he did the Apostle Paul? 4. What eternal promises does Scripture give to suffering saints that make it seem light and momentary by comparison? Note specific promises.
Ministry of Mercy
2 Corinthians 4:1-6 • August 25, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: Why is there a danger of losing heart in Christian work? How does God’s mercy keep Christians from discouragement? What does it mean to be spiritually blind (2 Corinthians 4:4)? Who blinds? What are results of spiritual blindness? What cures blindness? What are practical works a Christian can do to “serve for Jesus’ sake”? Where did God say, “Let light shine out of darkness”? Why is light a metaphor for the Gospel? How does the theme of light unite the whole Bible?
Ministry of the New Covenant
2 Corinthians 3:1-18 • August 18, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: Do you identify with Paul when he writes, “our sufficiency is from God”? How are you insufficient in your own strength and dependent on God’s? How does the Holy Spirit minister to a believer in 2 Corinthians 3? When a friend asks, “Why don’t Christians follow the Old Testament commands?”, what is a reasonable answer? How does 2 Corinthians 3:12-18 inform your answer? Explain Christian freedom that comes from the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Paul & Timothy: Boasters of Grace
2 Corinthians 1:12-14 • July 14, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: Is all boasting pride? When (if ever) should Christians boast? How can you simplify your life to please the Lord and live with more godly sincerity? When will a Christian give an account of his/her life to the Lord? What steps should you take to read and understand Scripture correctly
Ministry of Influence
2 Corinthians 2:12-17 • August 11, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: Should Christians view themselves as victorious soldiers or captured enemies in Christ’s triumphal procession? What does the “aroma of Christ” metaphor represent in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16? How can the same message and messenger be a fragrance of life to some and death to others? Why is there no middle ground when it comes to Jesus Christ? What is the danger of “peddling God’s Word”? What does this mean? How can it be recognized and avoided?
Ministry of Restoration
2 Corinthians 2:1-11 • August 4, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: Why did Paul write a severe letter to the Corinthians rather than visiting? How does patience and the elapse of time help church discipline and restoration? Who practices church discipline in the local church? Where does authority reside? Why does Paul write, “this punishment by the majority is enough” in 2 Corinthians 2:6? How does Satan outwit Christians and churches? How does Scripture equip you to resist Satan’s designs?
Paul & Timothy: Spreaders of Joy
2 Corinthians 1:23-24 • July 28, 2019 • Michael Wilburn, Senior Pastor
Application Questions: Why did Paul call on God as a witness against him? What point was God’s witness intended to prove? What is the difference between dictatorial authority and leadership authority? How will you reject one and receive another? Is joy a strong enough motivator in your relationships? Why or why not? Describe what it means to "stand firm in the faith"? What helps are needed?