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Pithy Points to Ponder (3 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 2:1-17
May 11, 2005
1. We will pick up our lesson from last week, dealing with Paul's explanation to the Corinthians for not coming to visit with them as he had first promised.
2. You will remember that Paul had planned a trip from Ephesus that would have allowed him to visit them on two different occasions; however, he changed his mind. Because he changed his mind, his opponents accused him of wavering, saying it was a sign of unreliability.
a. 1 Cor. 4:18-19, Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
3. Three things...
I. A Pastor's Burden
II. A Brother's Forgiveness
III. A Preacher's Message
I. A PASTOR'S BURDEN (VV. 1-5)
A. His intent explained
1. Paul continues in chapter two with his explanation for not visiting Corinth. Look back at (1:23), "Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth."
a. Now look at (2:1-3). Remember, Paul was faced with false accusations by some in the congregation at Corinth...tensions were high; this was not a time to visit the church. He felt it better to answer the charges by letter, rather than visit the church and create more tension. Additionally, there was sin in the church and apparently, false teaching.
b. Paul did not want to visit them at a time when there would have been "heaviness" or sorrow. He wanted to be able to come at a time when there was peace in the church and when they would be able to receive him with joy: "For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad?" (vs. 2a).
2. There is nothing more disconcerting than to walk into a church and feel a quenched spirit. How many visiting pastors or evangelists have come to bring God's Word and f ...
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