2 Corinthians: Cultivating Ambassadors for Christ

Rev. Tony Felich’s sermons series, starting in 2014, is an exposition of 2 Corinthians.

Cultivating Ambassadors for Christ: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians by Pastor Tony Felich

1 Corinthians was Paul’s pastoral letter to a church divided and in need of finding her first love and devotion again (Jesus). After sending off his letter to Corinth, Paul eagerly awaited the response. A few months later Titus brought word of a warm and humble reply on the whole. Paul was trying to get to Corinth, but was delayed by other important ministry efforts. His delay prompted some naysayers to sling mud on Paul’s name and apostolic ministry. Paul eventually got back to Corinth and spent several very wonderful and profitable months shoring up the Church there. Before he arrived, however, he wrote another letter, which is 2 Corinthians.

This letter is Paul’s most personal expose’ of all the thirteen epistles he penned. He is forced to defend his apostleship against pot-stirring rebel rousers. Couched in this very personal letter is a clear pattern Paul describes as God’s way of cultivating His Children. The normal pattern for an athlete preparing for a big athletic event or a season of grueling games is training and conditioning beforehand. A participant is sure to be at their strongest when readying to compete. Not so in God’s economy. Instead of protecting and training us, so we’re at our strongest possible state, God uses the afflictions, trials, problems, difficulties, and challenges of life, to make us usable for His glory. God regularly uses the weak things of this life (including us), to manifest His all-surpassing power. 2 Corinthians helps explain the ultimate purpose for affliction and problems in the lives of believers. 2 Corinthians is very much a letter intent on cultivating ambassadors for Christ.

Scripture Text
Date & Liturgy
The God of all Comfort II Corinthians 1:1-11 7/13/2014
Boasting in God II Corinthians 1:12-2:4 7/20/2014
Gentle Restoration II Corinthians 2:5-11, Galatians 6:1-2 8/03/2014
Spreading the Knowledge of Christ II Corinthians 2:12-17 8/10/2014
The Blessing of Ministry under the New Covenant (Part 1) II Corinthians 3:1-6 8/17/2014
The Blessing of Ministry under the New Covenant (Part 2) II Corinthians 3:7-18 8/24/2014
Our Message is Christ II Corinthians 4:1-6 8/31/2014
Treasure in Jars of Clay II Corinthians 4:7-12 9/14/2014
Heartened in Affliction By Glory to Come II Corinthians 4:13-18 9/21/2014
Moving on up! II Corinthians 5:1-10 9/28/2014
Controlled by Fear and Love II Corinthians 5:11-15 10/05/2014
New Creations for Reconciliation II Corinthians 5:16-19 10/19/2014
Ambassadors for Christ II Corinthians 5:18-21 11/02/2014
Now is the Day of Salvation II Corinthians 6:1-2 11/23/2014
No Obstacle in Anyone’s Way II Corinthians 6:3-13 01/04/2015
Grace to Us Stirs Holiness in Us II Corinthians 6:14-7:1 01/11/2015
Genuine Repentance II Corinthians 7:2-16 01/18/2015
The Grace of Giving II Corinthians 8:1-15 01/25/2015
Integrity with Gifts to the Church II Corinthians 8:16-24 02/01/2015
Let us Sow Bountifully! II Corinthians 9:1-15 02/15/2015
Every Thought Captive II Corinthians 10:1-6 02/22/2015
The Lord’s Gospel Commissioning II Corinthians 10:7-18 03/01/2015
Know What is True II Corinthians 11:1-6 03/08/2015
Know What is Fake II Corinthians 11:7-15 03/15/2015
Weakness is OK II corinthians 11:16-33 04/19/2015
Sufficient Grace for our Weakness II Corinthians 12:1-10 04/26/2015
The Apostolic Model for Ministry II Corinthians 12:11-21 05/03/2015
Are You Sure? II Corinthians 13:1-10 05/17/2015
Aiming for Restoration II Corinthians 13:9-14 05/24/2015