Sermons on 2 Corinthians

Sowing and Reaping

A lot of the analogies that are used in the New Testament relate in one way or another to farming, which can be a bit difficult for us because most of us aren’t farmers.  But this morning, in 2 Corinthians 9, Paul is going to use a farming illustration that I think we can all…

Grace and Generosity

One of my favorite figures of speech is the oxymoron.  An oxymoron is where two seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side.   Some familiar examples include jumbo shrimp, old news, an original copy, civil war, and some would say government intelligence.             I would add one more to that list.  I believe that a selfish…

Something Better Lies Ahead

            The apostle Paul begins 2 Corinthians 4:16 by saying, “So we do not lose heart.”  Nobody here wants to lose heart.  Nobody came in this morning saying, “I sure hope we sing some songs and hear a sermon that will help to me lose heart.  I really want to be discouraged this morning by…

A Treasure in Clay Pots

Merriam-Webster is the oldest dictionary publisher in the United States.  For the past 20 years, they have chosen a word of the year – one word that sums up, in one way or another, the prevailing mood of that year.  For example, in 2020, the word was “pandemic.”  The next year, the word they chose…

We’re Not Adequate

I heard about a 5-year-old boy by the name of Nick who came home from school after spending two weeks at Pre-K and proudly announced to his grandmother that he was the smartest kid in the class.  His grandmother, of course, was very proud of Nick and asked him if that was what his teacher…

Back of the Parade

In our text this morning, Paul is going to talk about a parade, a victory parade.  It’s a familiar image to us.  For example, whenever a professional sports team wins a championship, there is often some sort of a victory parade that winds through the streets of the hometown.              You can kind of imagine…

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