Another great week! Here are my notes. Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments!
2 Corinthians Bible Study Weekly Recap
October 7, 2014
Chapters 6 & 7
Being open to all vs. not being in relationship with non-believers
- 13 & V. 14
- Paul says that we need to be open to everyone, but then he says we should not be with non-believers
- People are easily swayed – if your faith isn’t strong, being with a non-believer might cause you to slide
- How does this apply today? Christ calls us to be out there with non-believer
Sense of urgency
- 6:2b Look, now is the right time! Look, now is the day of salvation!
- How different would we be if we thought Jesus was coming this weekend?
- Would we all be on our best behavior if we felt this same sense of urgency? More forgiving?
- The Corinthians didn’t have a reason to trust Paul
- 6:11-12 – Paul is saying that his heart is wide open and asking them to do the same
- Paul wants them to know that this is not an easy job for him – he is suffering and he is working hard for them
- This shows us just how deeply Paul cared for this mission
- There is so much to pray for – where do you even begin?
There’s a very different feel to this chapter
Letter of tears
- Reference to the letter that Paul wrote that hurt the Corinthians that we don’t have access to
- Even though the letter hurt the Corinthians, it is clear here that is caused them to change
- Paul did initially regret the letter, but once the Corinthians started to change, he realized that what he had done was right and didn’t regret it as much
- Paul didn’t regret that he wrote the letter, he regrets that he had to write the letter
- Paul regards this congregation as his children and he felt like it was completely necessary
- Can we relate to this?
- Disciplining children
Godly Sorrow vs. Worldly Sorrow
- Godly Sorrow – sorrow for our sins
- Worldly Sorrow – sorrow for the effect of our sins