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Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 1:1-10
April 27, 2005
1. Last Wednesday we concluded our study of I Corinthians. Tonight we will begin an exciting new study of Paul's second letter to the believers at Corinth. This letter contains quite a few things:
a. Comfort in the midst of suffering
c. Discussion of the ministry
d. The believer's hope beyond the grave
e. Separation from the world...and many other important subjects
2. Paul's second epistle was written around 56 A. D. and was written about one year after his first letter. This letter was written to the church at Corinth and to all the saints which were in Achaia. Achaia was a Roman province in the southern part of Greece. Some of the major cites in the province were Sparta, Athens, and of course, Corinth.
3. The title of our first lesson is: The God Who Comforts.
With that, let me give you four things:
I. The God of Grace
II. The God of Peace
III. The God of Comfort
IV. The God of Deliverance
I. THE GOD OF GRACE (VS. 2)
A. Defining grace
QUOTE: A. W. Tozer, the famous preacher--author of more than forty books and best known for his book, The Pursuit of God, defined grace in this way:
Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under just disapprobation. Its use to us sinful men is to save us and make us sit together in heavenly places to demonstrate to the ages the exceeding riches of God's kindness to us in Christ Jesus.1
1. In (vs. 2) Paul's salutation begins with a blessing for God's grace to the saints: "Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ."
2. Wh ...
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