2nd Corinthians Reflection
Live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Question: Would you describe yourself as a peaceful person? Would others describe you as peaceful? What does it look like for you to engage in the biblical concept of peace? In a world so absent of peace, how do you not live only in chaos?
The gospel of Jesus Christ reverses the torrent of human domination and violence.
The story of Jesus crucified and raised is the continuing story of God acting to re-create the world, not to tear it down.
Paul works in concert with the continuing story of God’s renewing of creation, starting with those who are in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).
The giving of gifts to the community is for building up, not tearing down (1 Corinthians 12–14; Matthew 16:13–19).
Pastoral authority within the community of grace is creative, healing, life-giving authority.
- There is safety in Jesus centered authority.
- There is clarity in Jesus centered authority.
- There is trust in Jesus centered authority.
Remember and Never Forget
Strength in Weakness - God turns the world upside down. God takes what is weak and fragile to accomplish His purposes.
comfort through affliction 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
sufficiency through insufficiency 3:1-6
life through death 4:7-15
blessing through suffering 6:3-10
salvation through grief 7:2-10
abundance through poverty 8:1-2,9,14
boasting through hardship 11:16-30
Reconciliation - Relationships in God’s kingdom are worth the effort.
In fact, failure to pursue reconciliation is to be outwitted by Satan (2:11)
All of us are broken and fragile. Because of this brokenness we will find ourselves at odds with others.
Because of the gospel we are able to live in wholeness. As we live in wholeness we are able to take part in the ministry of reconciliation. (7:12-13)
Living in unity requires us to humbly forgive one another and to follow our leaders.
Second Corinthians reminds us that even as Christians, we hurt each other and need to forgive those who wrong us (2:7).
An overinflated sense of ourselves often leads us to strike out on our own or hold on to our frustration and anger regarding the choices of others.
Servant Leadership - Above all, Christian leaders are to do what Christ himself did: pour out their lives in self-giving love for the sake of others. (4:10-12)
2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you,
2 Corinthians 13:4 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.
Announcement & Vision - On November 12th Second Mile will be moving to two gatherings. One at 8:30am and one at 10:45am.
-> It is time to serve and get involved.