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Worship Guide for July 7

July 05, 2024

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2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11

12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 13 For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand— 14 just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.

15 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

23 But I call God to witness against me—it was to spare you that I refrained from coming again to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.

For I made up my mind not to make another painful visit to you. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote to you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.

Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

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Summary: In this section of Paul’s letter, we see that his relationship with the Corinthian church is strained and Paul’s sorrow over this situation is evident. This was in part because of the disappointment of some church members because he decided not to visit them. The apostle explains himself, saying that his decision was not because of selfish reasons or that he was double-minded but that he felt it was for their own good, and was made out of love for them. In explaining himself he reminds them that his personal joy is bound up with theirs. As he makes an impassioned plea for a restoration of their relationship, he also asks that they exercise forgiveness within their body.

Review & Apply

Can you recall a time when you gave your word and did not follow through on your promise? Did you have a compelling reason (i.e. not just because it was inconvenient) and did you explain yourself to the person you gave your word to?  

What does it mean that all of God’s promises are “yes” in Christ?  

Have you ever received a biblical correction from someone? How did you receive it (angrily, humbly, became defensive, with sorrow, etc)? Do you think that the person who corrected you did so out of love and had your spiritual good in mind?

We are called to “rejoice with those who rejoice“ (Romans 12:15). Do you find this challenging? If so, why is that the case?

Think through the many brothers and sisters in our church family. Is there anyone you have a grievance with? Is it a weighty matter that you need to speak with them about or is it a situation whereby you can extend grace to the person and overlook their sin or shortcoming? Examine your heart and, if necessary, speak with another brother or sister for wisdom.


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