Posts from August 2019

Order of Service, September 1, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Paul advances his argument against the false teachers troubling Corinth. The section that has been called “The Fool’s Speech.” He steps into his opponents’ arena, laying out his credentials in contrast to theirs. Like them, he foolishly “boasts,” however, he does not boast about his heritage,…

Order of Service, August 25, 2019

Introduction In 2 Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul pleads with the church in Corinth, “bear with me in a little foolishness.” As he closed out chapter 10, he rejected self-commendation. Yet, the situation in Corinth was such that Paul could not defend his authority, and thus his message, without presenting his own credentials. He calls…

Order of Service, August 18, 2019

Introduction With biting sarcasm, Paul calls out his opponents in Corinth for their self-promotion. In contrast, Paul’s desire for commendation from Christ alone shaped his philosophy of ministry in ways that we will explore this Lord’s Day. The hymn selection for this service will remind us of the reason we have no right to promote…

Order of Service, August 11, 2019

Introduction Paul launched a defense of his authority in the church in the tenth chapter of 2 Corinthians. In the first six verses, he revealed the true nature and power of his authority. In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day (2 Corinthians 10:7-11), Paul explained that the Lord gave him this authority and he…

Order of Service, August 4, 2019

Introduction This Lord’s Day we will focus on 2 Corinthians 10:1-6. This passage begins Paul’s renewed defense in which he takes aim at his opponents in Corinth who were trying to undermine his authority and his message in the church. His defense will occupy the rest of the letter. In it, Paul encourages the Corinthians…