SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2022
10:30 AM (in-person + livestream + kids! + communion & prayer)
SECOND CORINTHIANS SERIES
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Time does not stand still. We can't go backwards, only onward. As life goes along, we can be reactive and closed, or choose an open posture to the "now". Paul could have let his reaction to pain decide many things for him, but he chose the opposite—his pain informs but does not control him. He doesn't stay angry but understands a greater power is at work to bring relationships into a better place. He chooses the open path.
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Story and Flight Map(outline)
Ben Witherington’s Rhetorical Commentary Outline:
5. The probatio[proofs] and refutatio[refuting opponents] (3:1-13:4), which includes:
a. Paul's defense of his ministry and of his anti-Sophistic rhetorical approach (3:1-6:13),
FLIGHT: Through the verses
2 Corinthians 6:1 Now because we are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
2 Corinthians 6:3 We do not give anyone an occasion for taking offense in anything, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.
2 Corinthians 6:4 But as God’s servants, we have commended ourselves in every way,
2 Corinthians 6:4b with great endurance, in persecutions, in difficulties, in distresses, 5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in troubles, in sleepless nights, in hunger,
2 Corinthians 6:6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by benevolence, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love,
2 Corinthians 6:7 by truthful teaching, by the power of God, with weapons of righteousness both for the right hand and for the left,
2 Corinthians 6:8 through glory and dishonor, through slander and praise; regarded as impostors, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well-known;
2 Corinthians 6:9b as dying and yet—see!—we continue to live; as those who are scourged and yet not executed; 10 as sorrowful, but always rejoicing; as poor, but making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
2 Corinthians 6:11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide to you. 12a Our affection for you is not restricted,
2 Corinthians 6:12b but you are restricted in your affections for us.
2 Corinthians 6:13 Now as a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts to us also.
LANDING AND FINAL WORD
Sources: Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians, Ben Witherington; Believer's Church Commentary, V. George Shillington; NIV Application Commentary; The Letters of the Corinthians, William Barclay; Second Epistle to the Corinthians: New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT), Paul Barnett; Wisdom Commentary, 2 Cor, Antoinette Clark Wire; The Story of God Com., 2 Cor, Judith A. Diehl; 1 and 2 Cor., Craig S. Keener; Others.
For Reflection and Discussion
(NT Wright, Boese, Others)