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“Working for Your Joy” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:24)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now working our way through 2 Corinthians. Here’s my outline for several verses in chapter one:

“Working for Your Joy” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:24)

Notice the words “we work with you for your joy.” What a fascinating statement. Joy is WORK! And sometimes we need others to assist us in achieving that joy. The Darby translation renders this verse as “Not that we rule over your faith, but are fellow-workmen of your joy . . .” Fellow-workmen. We can join others and labor for their joy.

The Living Bible has the following translation: “I want to be able to do something about your joy: I want to make you happy, not sad.” Joy is deeper than happiness, isn’t it? Happiness often depends on happenings. Joy is much more solid, grounded, resistant to the joy-killers that surround us. [I’m working on a short book on the uses of “joy” in Philippians tentatively called “Finding Deep Joy in a Sad, Shallow World”].

Please note Paul’s justification for his laboring for the joy of the Corinthians: “because it is by faith you stand firm.” When we waffle in our faith, when we collapse under the attacks of the world around us and the doubts within us, we lose our joy. But God wants His people — you and me! — to stand firm, to lean on our trust in Christ, to be people of contagious joy!

Today’s Challenge: Got anybody who is working for your joy? Are you laboring to help others re-discover and re-deploy their joy in knowing Christ? It’s time to get to work — and do so joyfully!

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2020 in joy

 

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“Yes! Uh, No! Uh, Well . . .” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:15-22)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now working our way through 2 Corinthians. Here’s my outline for several verses in chapter one:

“Yes! Uh, No! Uh, Well . . .” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:15-22)

We have sometimes heard the statement “God’s promises are YES in Christ!” This is a reference to 2 Corinthians 1:20. But what is the meaning of that statement in its context?

The context is Paul’s decision to either visit or not visit the Corinthians. Humanly speaking, they may have been confused as Paul fluctuated in his thinking about whether to make that trip or not.

But this decision by Paul gives him the opportunity to speak of a God who never fluctuates! God’s faithfulness is shown in the clarity and certainty of the gospel (which Paul preached, vv. 18-19) and the promises which God has made (v. 20).

God’s “YES!” in Christ is for those who have responded to the gospel and have claimed the promises of God. And God’s positive actions towards the believer include the following four elements:

Today’s Challenge: Give thanks for these four actions which God has taken in your life! And stand firm in Him!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2020 in 2 Corinthians 1

 

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The Believer’s Conduct in the World (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:12-14)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now working our way through 2 Corinthians. Here’s my outline for several verses in chapter one:

The Believer’s Conduct in the World
(A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:12-14)

1. Our behavior ought to be something to be proud of (v. 12).

2. Our behavior ought to be confirmed by our consciences (v. 12).

3. Our behavior among other believers is critical (v. 12)

>> “with integrity and godly sincerity”

4. We are not to rely on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace (v. 12).

5. We want to be clear in what we communicate with other believers (v. 13).

6. We want other believers to be able to boast of us in the day of the Lord Jesus (v. 14).

Today’s Challenge: Are you and I behaving ourselves in the world? The world is watching us!

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2020 in 2 Corinthians 1

 

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“Trouble! Right here in River City!” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 1:8ff)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now working our way through 2 Corinthians. Here’s my outline for several verses in chapter one:

“Trouble! Right here in River City!” (vv. 8ff)

1. We don’t keep our troubles private (v. 8)

2. We admit our inability to endure by ourselves (v. 8).

3. We are honest about our feelings — “despaired of life itself” (v. 8).

4. We see God’s purposes in our difficulties — “that we might not rely on ourselves but on God” (v. 9).

5. We recognize that the worst, death, is no match for God (v. 9) – He’s the One who raises the dead! (cp. Dan. 3:17 – “and even if He doesn’t!”)

6. We deal with the critical question of “where do we put our hope?” (v. 10)

7. Let others help you — by their prayers! (v. 11).

For those of you, like me, who couldn’t help but think of the song from “The Music Man” entitled “Ya Got Trouble!”, I have included the video of that song below. Enjoy! (couldn’t help but think of my roomie from Emmaus days, Steve Decker!)

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2020 in trouble

 

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