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Don’t Get Scammed


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 11

Summary: The Apostle Paul feared that those in the Corinthian church who still opposed him would be “led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” That same fear is appropriate for us in today’s church. We must become grounded in God’s truth revealed in his Word if we are to recognize error and false doctrine.

Whose Commendation Really Matters?


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 10

Summary: Chapter ten of Second Corinthians marks a change in focus in this letter. Though most of those in the Corinthian church who had opposed Paul had repented, there remained a dissenting minority. Beginning at chapter ten, Paul turns his attention to these folks and defends himself, his ministry and his apostleship. In this chapter he defends against the charges of cowardice, of weakness and contemptible speech, and of ambition.

The Grace of Giving (2)


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Summary: The Apostle Paul continues to talk about principles of giving that he began back in chapter eight. He adds the principles of sowing and reaping, of supply, blessing, glory and unity. He concludes these two chapters that focus on how the Corinthians should give by exclaiming: “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift.” God should be the measure, the standard for giving. He has already demonstrated the heart of a “Giver.” We are called upon to give because we have experienced his grace in our lives.

The Grace of Giving (1)


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 8

Summary: Paul uses the example of the churches of Macedonia to spur the Corinthians on in the follow-through of their commitment to take a collection to assist believers in the Jerusalem church. These believers lived out several principles of giving that are instructive for us today: the principles of stewardship, sacrifice, proportionality, and motive. Oh that Christians today would give such evidence to the grace of God in their lives in giving as those in Macedonia did!

From Despair to Delight


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 7:2–7:16

Summary: Paul, the great apostle/evangelist/church planter extraordinaire, was downcast, in despair, as he awaited news from Titus who had carried a painful letter to those believers in Corinth who were in revolt against Paul. When news finally comes that most had repented and re-affirmed their affection for Paul, he was filled with joy and rejoicing. His harsh letter had brought about a godly grief accompanied by repentance. We get a look at the difference between godly grief that leads to life and a worldly grief that leads to death.

The Best Defense is a Good Offense


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 6:3–7:1

Summary: The Apostle Paul again defends himself and his apostolic authority by detailing his suffering on behalf of all the churches he served. To him, his sufferings authenticated his credentials as an apostle; they qualified him for this role, not disqualified him as his critics charged. Halfway through this passage, Paul warns those in the Corinthian church who supported him to separate from those who stood opposed to him. He addresses them as unbelievers and declares that it was impossible to be in fellowship with them. If the believers are to open their hearts to Paul, they will have to disassociate from those within the church who reject Paul and his ministry.

Compelling Motives for Ministry


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:2

Summary: The New Testament indicates that each and every believer is a minster of God’s grace through Christ. Why? What are the reasons/motives for such service? The Apostle Paul, defending his apostleship to those in the church of Corinth, explains three motivations for his ministry among these believers. These same three motivations should be ours for who we are and what we do as God’s children.

Live With The End In Mind


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:1–5:10

Summary: The secret to the Apostle Paul’s ability to face everything that came his way – criticism, disappointment, suffering, difficulties, hardships, etc., was that he lived with the end in mind. The compelling vision of his destiny was that in the end God would raise him up through resurrection and bring him into his very presence. Our perspective on life’s difficulties will be radically different if we live with the end in mind.

A Greater Glory


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 3:1–3:18

Summary: Whenever you find the genuine, you will find somebody promoting a counterfeit. As the Gospel began to spread among the Gentiles in the first century, a “counterfeit gospel” showed up. This “gospel” was a mixture of grace and law. Paul’s dealing with this problem of legalism helps us to identify and deal with legalism in our lives today.

Victors in Christ


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 2:1–2:17

Summary: The New Testament describes the Christian life as a spiritual battleground. We wage war against the flesh (Galatians 5) and “against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6). But the Apostle Paul declares a significant truth in this passage that needs to be our perspective in that battle. It is this: We do not fight FOR victory; we fight FROM victory. The truth is, Jesus Christ has already won the ultimate victory through the cross. We must do daily spiritual battle holding to this truth, fighting in the context of this truth.