Cheerful Giver

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2 Corinthians 9

  At a time of economic downturn and rise in unemployment over the course of a global pandemic, the idea of giving, and giving generously, can be understandably very challenging for many. We find in this chapter that Paul, writing to the church in Greece, highlights some absolutely essential truths about giving, for believers to […]

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Excelling

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2 Cor 8

One of the outcomes of the Jerusalem council in Acts 15 was that the Gentile churches were encouraged to remember the poor. (The Jerusalem church elders recognised formally that the kingdom of God was open to all – that Gentiles were welcomed with the good news of the Gospel). Paul recounts that was the very […]

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Ambassadors

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2 Cor 5

This is one of those power packed passages with so much to takeaway! Our Earthly bodies are frail In the previous chapter our bodies are compared to jars of clay, in this one to tents. Both are pretty fragile, but we are promised a far better heavenly body. That is guaranteed by the Spirit and […]

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Treasure in Jars of Clay

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2 Cor 3-4

2 Corinthians Chapters 3 & 4 Treasure in Jars of Clay In chapter 3 of this letter Paul is comparing the old covenant with the new covenant, and drawing out many amazing truths about the new covenant and how it affects the lives of the people who comprise this church. In verses 1 – 3 […]

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Treasures in jars of clay

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2 Cor 4

If the Apostle Paul was alive now, he’d  be criticised because he doesn’t have sparkling white teeth, a white suit and a jet, or an amazing stage presence and millions of social media followers. Back then he was criticised for being weak and having speech of no account (2 Corinthians10:10). Paul’s answer was that the […]

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The Resurrection

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1 Cor 15

In 2002 a survey took place among around 2000 Anglican Clergy, and it was revealed that one third of those clergy did not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. This is incredible, since the resurrection is the most fundamental and foundational belief of the Christian Faith. In fact, if Jesus did not rise from […]

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What God’s love looks like

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1 Corinthians 13

What a powerful bit of scripture this chapter is and a total reminder of what God’s love for us looks like. Paul writes about ‘agape’ love in this chapter, not to be confused with other kinds of love that we all know and understand – Eros (sexual or romantic), Phileo (friendship or affection) which both […]

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Surrender

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1 Cor 9

The heading at the beginning of this chapter says – Paul Surrenders his Rights (ESV). The term surrender conjures up images of conflict and defeat with the displaying of a white flag or the lowering of the colours (standard). Not so in this case, Paul is saying that he has made a decision willingly, this […]

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Love builds up

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1 Cor 8

Paul now addresses yet another issue in the church in Corinth. It’s the thorny one of food sacrificed to idols. Last year I used the modern day example of a Halal Doner kebab, where the animal was slaughtered with an Islamic issue. In Paul’s day “food sacrificed to idols” was an even bigger deal  than […]

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