5 Missionary Tests

For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. —2 Corinthians 10:17 John Piper asks: So the utterly crucial question for many of you, as you have prayed and thought about giving your life, or … More 5 Missionary Tests

May 11 2 Corinthians 10

May 11 2 Corinthians 10 (ESV) Paul Defends His Ministry 10:1 I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— 2 I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with … More May 11 2 Corinthians 10

May 10 2 Corinthians 9

May 10 2 Corinthians 9  (ESV) The Collection for Christians in Jerusalem 9:1 Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, 2 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal … More May 10 2 Corinthians 9

Godly Grief

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.  For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. —2 Corinthians 7:9-10 John Piper, in a sermon, … More Godly Grief

May 8 2 Corinthians 7

May 8 2 Corinthians 7 (ESV) 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body [1] and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. Paul’s Joy 2 Make room in your hearts [2] for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no … More May 8 2 Corinthians 7

Debits and credits: An accounting lesson from 2 Corinthians

Coty Pinckney describes God’s solution to the sin problem, using an accounting analogy (2 Corinthians 5): But although God would be just to do away with every one of us, He chooses not to. He chooses to show His justice in another way, by providing the solution to our failure. [2 Corinthians 5] Verse 21 … More Debits and credits: An accounting lesson from 2 Corinthians