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II Corinthians: Triumph Over Trouble (9 Of 32)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
July 14, 1991
BACKGROUND: When Paul wrote 11 Corinthians he was disappointed, apprehensive and physically ill. There was trouble everywhere. Many at Corinth appeared to be in full revolt against him. Galatia was falling away to what Paul describes- as "another gospel." Paul had narrowly escaped from the enraged mob at Ephesus. Stress and strain had left their mark, "we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life," he wrote (Chapter 1:8 and 9).
THEME: Triumph Over Trouble. Paul used the second letter to the Corinthians to share in a very personal way with the Corinthian church how God had worked through tribulation to give triumph. His first letter to the Corinthians had a good effect on the whole; however, a vocal minority in the church was stirring up trouble against Paul, challenging his apostleship and attacking him in a slanderous way. They accused Paul of fickleness, cowardice, pride, boasting, an unkept appearance, near insanity, and weakness or crudeness of speech. So Paul pours out his heart in a passionate answer to his critics making this the most personal of all Paul's epistles and giving us great insights to his great heart to be found nowhere else in his writings.
MAJOR LESSONS FROM II CORINTHIANS:
1. That God allows tribulation in the life of faithful believers in order that they might comfort others. I Cor. 1:3
2. Believers are always triumphant through Christ regardless of appearances and circumstances. II Cor. 2:14
3. Sometimes believers, especially Christian leaders must defend themselves against false charges.
4. Many who profess- to be believers are blinded by Satan and are in reality unbelievers. II Cor. 4:4
5. Believers will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of their stewardship of salvation. II Cor. 5:10
6. Believers are called by God to be on mission as ambas ...
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