Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:16-24 and 9:1-5. Paul gives instructions about the collection for the Jewish saints, and, in the process, shows us the importance of handling money with wisdom and integrity. The way we live before a watching world, specifically how we handle money, can bring honor to the Lord or shame to his name. The gospel changes how we live!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:10-15. Paul helps us think rightly concerning our financial giving.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 8:1-9. Paul encourages the Corinthians to faithful giving in light of the extravagant grace and generosity of Christ in the gospel!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 7:9-16. Paul points out the Corinthians’ visible fruits of repentance. Repentance is a change of mind and change of heart that results in a change of lifestyle. Bear fruit in keeping with repentance!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 7:2-10. Paul risked offending the Corinthian Christians with his ‘severe letter,’ calling them out for their sin. But God used it to bring them to repentance! God breaks us and humbles us as he awakens us to our sin, but this ‘godly grief’ produces repentance that leads to salvation!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1. The church is the temple of the living God! Believers in Christ are blessed and honored to be the house of God, the place where God’s presence and message is manifested! We are the family of God, his sons and daughters, in Christ! All of these blessings call us to be holy – the unique people of God. It is time to cleanse the temple!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1. God is a separating God, who separates light from darkness, good from evil, and his people from the unbelieving world. God calls his people to be separate – a unique people, different from the world, and set apart to God.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:3-10. How well are you representing Jesus and his church? Paul teaches us the right heart and the way to live it out as we minister in Jesus’ name as his people. A great concern for the glory of God, and a great awareness of his future judgment, will overflow in great attention to personal integrity and faithfulness!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13. When we are reconciled to God through Jesus, we are also reconciled to his church! When we get Jesus, we get his people, too! Following Jesus involves keeping things right between us and the church. Showing that we are genuine Christians means we continue to receive Jesus’ messengers and message – the preachers he gives us who proclaim the gospel. This is what we learn in chapter 6. Paul is defending his ministry as sent from God, and calling the Corinthians to respond by receiving him and his gospel, because now is the day of salvation!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:21. One of the most amazing verses in the entire Bible! Paul cuts to the heart of the gospel, showing us what was happening as Jesus was on the cross. Here we see what God accomplished for us to make having a relationship with him possible. Jesus became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him!
Mickey McCall, from Psalm 34. David learned that God is near to the brokenhearted, and he saves the crushed in spirit. But how do we know if we have a broken heart or a hard heart?
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. Paul explains the gospel using the language of reconciliation. Our sins had separated us from enjoying God, but God freely chose to deal with this problem through Christ’s death and resurrection. Believers are now able to enjoy fellowship with God forever in Christ!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:14-17. What is the gospel? What does Paul mean by the love of Christ, or the death of Jesus? How does the gospel transform us?
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:11-15. Paul was motivated for ministry by the gospel event itself – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Jesus died for us so that we would live for him and not ourselves. The gospel changes everything!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:9-11. Paul is motivated for present ministry by the truth of the future judgment! We must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 5:1-8. Paul encourages himself for difficult ministry in the present by looking toward and longing for the future resurrection of the body. What does Christianity teach about what happens to us after we die?
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Paul is concerned about what we are looking at. Though there is visible brokenness in this world and in us, we must lift our eyes up to see the unseen spiritual truths of Christ, by faith. As we look to the Lord, we find encouragement to keep pouring ourselves out for his glory. We do not lose heart!
20 – Encouraging Ourselves for the Ministry – 2Cor4 16-18 – Cary Cox
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:13-15. Paul has explained that the Christian life and ministry involves embracing self-denial and death, so that others can be built up and receive life. Since ministry comes at such a high cost, why continue? Paul explains in this passage why he continues in the ministry.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:7-12. Paul gets to the very essence of Christian ministry, and the Christian life: selflessness. We embrace daily the death of Christ. We die to self in order to serve others. This is what Jesus both taught and modeled for us. Christ gives us the power as believers to humble ourselves and walk in selfless love!
Cary Cox, from Psalm 11. In a time of crisis, David rejects bad advice and turns his eyes on the Lord! David’s theology supports him in the time of trouble; he knows who God is, and that he will judge the wicked and rescue his righteous people. What about our advice? Our theology?
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:7. We have this treasure – this glorious gospel ministry in Jesus – but we carry it in jars of clay. Ministry happens in the context of brokenness and weakness. God uses us in our weakness, so that he will get the glory!
Cary Cox, from Psalm 10. When it looks like the wicked are winning, when it feels like God is far away, and when it seems like God doesn’t care about the suffering of his people – it is then that we must put our eyes on God (not our problems and enemies), pour out our hearts to him in prayer, and remind ourselves of truth. God is still on his throne. He will judge the wicked and bring justice for his people! We walk by faith, not by sight or feelings.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. What is true Christian ministry? God acts in a powerful and miraculous way to shine light on our hearts through the preaching of the gospel, so that we see his glory in the face of Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from Psalm 9. David and God’s people are experiencing oppression from enemies, but David praises God and encourages himself with truth: God reigns as King! He will judge the wicked, and he will vindicate his saints! This truth allows us to give our pain to God and find refuge in him, even as we wait for justice.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 4:1-4. Christian Ministry is a ministry of the word of God. And there is an enemy of Christian ministry, the devil, who seeks to hinder the word of God and blind unbelievers to the glory of Christ.
Cary Cox, from Psalm 8. David praises God for his glory in creation, and supremely in his design for mankind – setting man over all God made! We were created in the image of God, for his glory, to rule as kings over creation. This was broken in our fall into sin, but is being restored in Jesus Christ, the perfect Man!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:17-4:2. Believers are called to ministry, fueled for ministry, shaped for ministry by the Spirit of God. A look at Christian ministry, and how to stay encouraged when ministry is hard.
Cary Cox, from Psalm 7. What do we do when we are falsely accused? A look at the God of justice, who will judge the world in righteousness.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:12-18. Paul compares the veiled glory of the old covenant with the unveiled glory of God seen in the gospel, the new covenant in Jesus Christ. We are transformed by the Spirit of God as we look at his glory with God-opened eyes!
Cary Cox, from Psalm 6. What do believers do when we are miserable, sick, under the discipline of God for our sin? David shows us how to cry out to God in our pain, pouring out our heart, seeking his grace, and desiring to give him glory. See how the Lord works through David’s prayer to bring encouragement to his heart!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 3:7-11. Paul contrasts the old covenant ministry, which can only bring death and condemnation (because we can’t keep the law), with the permanent and more glorious new covenant ministry – the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from 2 Cor 3:1-6. Paul describes his ministry of the new covenant, which is evidenced by the Spirit of the living God giving life to people through the preached gospel of Jesus Christ! God is alive, and God gives life and transformation!
Cary Cox, from Psalm 5. David prays to the Lord when he is under attack from the wicked. We see the contrast between the people of God and those who are given to their sin. God is both the God of love and the God of justice.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. Paul describes and defends his gospel ministry. As God’s people are crushed in this world, we release the beautiful fragrance of Christ, to the glory of God. Ministry requires our willingness to be humble and even suffer for the Lord, and it requires us to be men and women of integrity and holiness as we represent Jesus.
Cary Cox, from Psalm 4. David cries out to the Lord in prayer during a time of distress, and experiences peace through fellowship with God!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:12-14. Paul’s troubled heart affects his ministry, but the triumph of Christ brings gospel victory even in the midst of hardships and pain. We suffer, but praise God anyway!
Cary Cox, from Psalm 3. David cries out to the Lord in his great distress, and finds peace and strength.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:5-11. Paul instructs the Corinthian church to forgive a man they’ve recently disciplined. We see that the Lord’s church must commit to (1) holding its members accountable for sin, and (2) freely forgiving those who repent, as God has forgiven us in Christ.
Cary Cox, from Psalm 2. The nations rebel against Yahweh God and his chosen King. But salvation and blessing will only come through submission to God and his King, ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4. Paul seeks to restore his relationship with the erring Corinthians. In this passage we see the difficult duty of a pastor, to deal with sin in the church. And we see the heart of a pastor, the spiritual and emotional investment in the lives of the believers. Our goal is to work together for each other’s joy in Jesus! But that requires us to confront each other when we go astray.
James Cox, from Luke 18:9-14. Pastor Cary’s dad, James Cox, discusses Jesus’ parable of the two men who went to the temple to pray. When we understand that we are sinners in need of mercy from God, we must call out to God in faith-filled prayer!
Cary Cox, from Psalm 1. The first psalm shows us what true worship looks like – the man who is blessed rejects sin and the counsel of this world; instead, he delights in the word of God!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:15-22. Paul defends his character and ministry against false accusations. God requires that his people have integrity, and he transforms us into people of integrity through the gospel of Jesus Christ. A challenge and an encouragement about the character of those who follow Jesus.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:12-14. One kind of suffering that we face in this fallen world is brokenness in relationships, even in the church. Paul is willing to wade through the messy difficulties of complicated relationships in order to restore his relationship with the Corinthian church. Why? Because, for Christians, the glory of the Christ we represent is at stake! God wants us to forgive, to love each other, to do what we can to bring restoration and healing. This is possible through Christ, who restores our relationship with God.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:8-11. Paul shares a personal example of his own suffering and deep pain. God gave Paul more than he could personally bear, to teach him to rely on God. There is purpose in our suffering, and God comforts us in it, giving us hope through the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. A theology of suffering. Christians suffer just like non-Christians. The difference is in our response to suffering. We show we are God’s people, not by escaping suffering, but by enduring suffering well by the gospel of Jesus Christ! God comforts us that we may comfort each other.
Cary Cox. A study of the atonement God provided for sins. Jesus Christ fulfills the sacrificial system given to Israel, bringing believers to God through his blood!
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:1-2. Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church was…complicated. Painful at times. Frustrating. There was opposition from false teachers, emotional episodes with the members. Life in this broken world for God’s children is…complicated. But the gospel gives us all the resources we need to endure with joy and hope and faith while we wait for the coming glory!