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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.

Handling Criticism


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:12–1:22

Summary: How do you handle criticism? When you have been misunderstood, how have you responded? The Apostle Paul knew what it was to be on the receiving end of criticism. And by his example, he shows us how we can respond to criticism, justified or not.

A Framework For Those Who Suffer


Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:3–1:11

Summary: The Apostle Paul was well acquainted with suffering. Though his trials and difficulties were different from ours, we can learn much from his perspectives on suffering. Paul begins by praising God as the Father of Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. Then he mentions three ways in which God might use suffering: that we might comfort others, that we might not trust in ourselves, and that we might learn to give thanks. This perspective gives a framework for those who suffer.

Getting The Most Out Of Groups


Speaker: Chris Mendez

Summary: Community is a big deal here at Knollwood! How can you make sure that you will get the most out of your groups experience? In this message, Pastor Chris looks at a decision that the earliest Christians made regarding community that can help us have a great groups experience today.