2 Corinthians Overview: Building Up
This week was to begin my Precept study on 2 Corinthians. As is the norm these days, our plans are meant to be changed. My group study won’t start for another few weeks, but my blog series does start today. Each week I hope to begin the week with a passage of scripture to consider throughout the week, to meditate on, memorize, and allow God to build us up in His faith. Wednesday, the plan is to share what God through the Holy Spirit has brought to my heart for encouragement and growth. Friday’s will bring a praise, a promise, and a prayer. As always, you are invited to share what the Holy Spirit is teaching, encouraging, and growing in you. In this way the whole body is built up by each member.
Today’s Scripture: We begin with verses from the first and last chapter of 2 Corinthians. These highlight the big picture of the whole letter the apostle Paul and Timothy wrote to this struggling church.
“For as many as be the promises of God,
in Him they are yes;
wherefore also by Him is our Amen
to the glory of God through us.
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us
who also sealed us and
gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge…
- Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!
- Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—
- unless in deed you fail the test …
- Finally, brethren, rejoice,
- be made complete,
- be comforted,
- be like-minded,
- live in peace;
- and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2 Corinthians 1:20-22; 13:5,11(NASB)
For Thought: What promises do you cling to when faced with struggles within the church? Personal struggles due to your faith or lack of faith? How do you find peace during these difficult times?
Praying Together: Heavenly Father, your promises are sure for you are faithful and cannot lie. You have established us in your kingdom through the death and life of Jesus Christ—giving us a sure hope. May we examine our faith and be built up in it by your truth. Teach us your ways as you complete the work you have begun in us. Help us keep our hearts and minds set on your love and peace. May we bring you glory, honor, and praise. Amen.