Authentic Christianity: 2 Corinthians

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Sunday, 23 Jul 2017
The God Who Saves - Psalm 18
Matt McCulloughMP3
This psalm belongs with a group known as thanksgiving psalms. It celebrates God as the one who hears and answers, the God who saves. But whom does God save?

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017
Lasting Joy - Psalm 16
Matt McCulloughMP3
The only way to experience true, lasting joy is to love most what you can’t lose.

Sunday, 09 Jul 2017
The Pursuit of Happiness - Psalm 1
Matt GivensMP3
This first psalm serves as an introduction and an invitation to the whole collection of psalms. It lays out the path to true and lasting happiness. What it says about happiness, and where to find it, may surprise you.

Sunday, 02 Jul 2017
Taste and See: Experiencing God in the Psalms
Matt McCullough — Audio unavailable
This introduction to the Psalms shows us why we should study the Psalms together. They teach us about God, show us how to relate to God, aren’t always easy to use, and they always lead us to Jesus.

Sunday, 25 Jun 2017
Where Authentic Christianity Shows Up - 2 Corinthians 13:11-14
Matt McCulloughMP3
With his final encouragement for his friends, Paul ties together the main themes of his letter, and points to where authentic Christianity shows up: in community.

Sunday, 18 Jun 2017
Test Yourself - 2 Corinthians 13:1-10
Seth JonesMP3
Throughout this letter Paul has been under examination, but now at the end he tells the Corinthians that they should examine themselves. What sort of test does Paul have in mind? And how will this test be graded?

Sunday, 11 June 2017
Living Together In Christian Unity - 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Bill HeermanMP3
Paul’s goal in writing to his friends is to deepen their faith. As he defends himself and his ministry against specific accusations, he puts forward an example of relating to Corinthian church, where we find an encouragement to live a self-denying, unified life with brothers and sisters in Christ. The power to live like that comes from our identity in Christ—all of us sinners who need a savior. Our purpose to bring all glory of God.

Sunday, 4 June 2017
God’s Sufficient Grace - 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Shaka MitchellMP3
The Christian life inevitably involves hardship. We want God’s victory to look like our success over those hardships, but Paul tells us a different story. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness, whether we win in this life or not.

Sunday, 28 May 2017
The Boasting Fool - 2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Matt McCulloughMP3
How do you expect God to treat his friends?

Sunday, 21 May 2017
No Other Jesus - 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Matt McCulloughMP3
In this text Paul unleashes a withering attack on teachers he calls false apostles and servants of Satan. He accuses them of peddling a counterfeit version of Jesus and his gospel. What exactly is Paul worried about? And how can we avoid it ourselves?

Sunday, 14 May 2017
The God-Centered Life - 2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
What do you want your life to be known for?

Sunday, 07 May 2017
How To Give - 2 Corinthians 8:10-9:15
Matt McCulloughMP3
What will our giving look like if Jesus is our model?

Sunday, 30 April 2017
Why To Give - 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Matt McCulloughMP3
One of the main reasons Paul wrote this letter was to urge the Corinthians to send money to impoverished Christians in Jerusalem. But his approach wasn’t what you might expect. He doesn’t scold them. He doesn’t shame them. He just reminds them of God’s grace to them.

Sunday, 23 April 2017
Good Grief - 2 Corinthians 7:2-16
Matt McCulloughMP3
Paul says the difference between godly grief and worldly grief is the difference between life and death. So what is godly grief? Why do we need it so badly? And how do we get it?

Sunday, 16 April 2017
Longing For Life - 2 Corinthians 5:1-4
Matt McCulloughMP3
Deep in every human is a longing for more than what we experience in this world. In this text Paul pinpoints our longing–a longing for life. It’s a longing only the risen Jesus can fulfill.

Sunday, 09 April 2017
The Temple Of God - 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
Will AcuffMP3
Paul confronts Christians with a direct challenge to be holy–set apart from anything that stands against God. But that challenge is rooted in a precious, mind-bending promise. God has promised to live among his people.

Sunday, 02 April 2017
Sorrowful, Yet Rejoicing - 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Matt McCulloughMP3
Are Christians supposed to be happy? It depends on what you mean by happy. If Paul’s description of his life is our guide, we should expect our lives to be sorrowful. And we should expect to be always rejoicing.

Sunday, 26 March 2017
Reconciliation - 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
Matt McCulloughMP3
The Bible teaches that we were all made for a relationship we have broken. Our deepest need is reconciliation. This text shows us how to get peace with God, and how to spread it.

Sunday, 19 March 2017
In Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:11-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
“In Christ” is a phrase that comes up all throughout Paul’s letters. It’s easy to pass right over it without paying much notice. But what does it mean to be “in Christ?” And why is it so important?

Sunday, 12 March 2017
What Are You Waiting For? - 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Matt McCulloughMP3
Waiting is a basic Christian posture. We walk by faith, not by sight, until God’s promises come to pass. In this passage Paul clarifies what it is that we’re waiting for, and what we do while we wait.

Sunday, 05 March 2017
Beyond Comparison - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Matt McCulloughMP3
Paul says the problems we face now can’t compare to the eternal glory we’re promised in Christ. He says we get this truth when we focus not on what we can see but on what we can’t see. But how do we compare what we can see to what we can’t see?

Sunday, 26 February 2017
Jars Of Clay - 2 Corinthians 4:7-15
Matt GivensMP3
Because of Jesus, the world’s greatest treasure comes hidden in jars of clay–common, unexceptional, even fragile and weak. That means, for the Christian, suffering is never what it seems.

Sunday, 19 February 2017
Freedom - 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6
Matt McCulloughMP3
True freedom, the freedom that comes by God’s Spirit, is not primarily freedom from something holding you back. It’s freedom for; freedom to see, to enjoy, and to be transformed by the glory of Jesus.

Sunday, 12 February 2017
Proof In The Pudding - 2 Corinthians 3:1-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
What is true Christianity? And how can you see if Christianity is true? Paul’s answer may surprise you. It should definitely encourage you.

Sunday, 05 February 2017
Fragrant Knowledge - 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Matt McCulloughMP3
How does the knowledge of God spread throughout the world? It’s not a question we would normally ask, but it’s crucial for understanding our calling. Paul shows us we’ve got to recognize the difference between God’s responsibility and ours.

Sunday, 29 January 2017
Loving Correction - 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11
Matt McCulloughMP3
Here are four things we can learn from Paul about how to correct one another in a healthy way.

Sunday, 22 January 2017
Godly Sincerity - 2 Corinthians 1:12-22
Matt McCulloughMP3
One of the main reasons Paul wrote this letter was to defend his own sincerity against people who thought he was speaking from both sides of his mouth. And sincerity is certainly worth defending. You want to know that someone means what he says, that he’s not holding anything back, and that you can trust him to follow through. But sincerity is easier to require from someone else than to produce consistently in ourselves. Paul explains how the grace of God is the only sure path to the sincere lives we want.

Sunday, 15 January 2017
Afflicted Comforters - 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Matt McCulloughMP3
Paul describes a community where, though everyone experiences suffering, everyone is comforted and everyone is responsible for comforting others. He helps us learn to see our suffering for what God is doing in us and what he will do through us.

Sunday, 08 January 2017
Authentic Christianity: 2 Corinthians
Matt McCulloughMP3
Why do we need this ancient letter? Here are at least three reasons.

Sunday, 06 November 2016
Happy Endings - Revelation 15:1-4
This picture of what God has promised to do shows that risks for the kingdom aren’t really risks.