Preaching the Word: 2 Corinthians (Power in Weakness)

by Glen H. Jones

This volume contains a series of expository sermons on 2 Corinthians. It is part of a series of at least eighteen other volumes on biblical books from Genesis to the Sermon on the Mount. Most of the sermons in the series have been preached by R. Kent Hughes, but a few are by other preachers. Hughes' thesis centers on the travail which the Apostle Paul experienced with the Corinthian church. Corinth contained the best and worst elements of a New Testament church. Many members were rich in worldly goods but poor in love for others. They possessed a plethora of spiritual gifts, but they gloated over their superabundance of so-called spirituality. The most serious weakness of all was the Corinthians' ready acceptance of "super apostles" who stirred up the church against Paul. Apparently Paul met the opposition head on, in an unrecorded visit, and strongly defended his apostleship. Finally, we learn from 2 Corinthians that the Corinthians had repented of their misdeeds and reassured Paul that he was first in their hearts. Hughes points out that the Corinthians had followed his advice and disciplined those in the church who were spreading disharmony. However, they had gone too far. The disciplined member had repented, but he was treated as a pariah. Paul counsels the church to restore the erring one and treat him as a brother. The author hints that this should be the pattern for today's church discipline. Hughes points out that Paul's second Corinthian letter exalts the sufficiency of Christ for our salvation, and provides empowerment for our daily walk with Him. Afflictions may come, but God is in control; He knows the final outcome, and works all things for His glory and our good. The author also has a moving exposition of Christian giving: "If our professed salvation has not loosed our grip on material things so that we have become giving people, we are not saved, despite our protestations" (p.156).
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