2 Corinthians

We really need God’s comfort today

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2 Corinthians 1

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

 

Are you struggling with all the mandatory changes taking place around us?  I certainly am.  I like routine, I like knowing what is happening next, and knowing who will be doing what.  In this time of forced change, I still want routine but find it increasingly difficult to maintain.  Furthermore, there is not an end in sight.  Yes, I still have time for my private devotions and sermon preparation and Zoom small group meetings, but so much is out of place.

As we turn to 2 Corinthians 1, we must turn to the true Source of all comfort, God Himself.  Our heavenly Father is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.”  He is where we must go, where we must turn.  We must remember that God has never sat on His throne and wrung His hands in surprised amazement at the events on this earth.  God created this world, each of us, and the calamity that we now face.  This same God wants us to turn to Him for our comfort.

Having said this, I now must turn to the God of comfort today.  We acknowledge that this whole situation we live in will not get better soon.  Those of us who have the God of comfort in us and with us are the only ones with real and lasting hope.  Even still, we wake up struggling, let us quickly go to our heavenly Father, the God and Father of all comfort. He is in charge, He alone will keep us where we should be, at rest in Him.

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We will be posting our Good Friday service Friday night at 6:00 on the church Facebook page.  Since the government has now restricted all religious gatherings, we will no longer do livestream but will post a new video prepared each week for the service.  So, Resurrection Sunday’s service will be available 10:45 on Sunday. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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Serving the Gospel

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     In 2 Corinthians 13:7-9 Paul lets the Corinthian church know that their reception of the gospel was the more important than their reception of him. It was ok if he was weak and they were strong. He could do nothing against the truth of the gospel but only that which was for it. In this message, Pastor Steve looks at how the gospel is to be served and how the church is to be healed, that is, made whole or complete. As Paul wraps up his letter these important truths are included.

Serving the Gospel from Pastor Steve Schroeder on Vimeo.

 

Pass the test, Pass the exam, you know you have eternal life

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Pass the test, Pass the exam, you know you have eternal life from Pastor Steve Schroeder on Vimeo.

From 2 Corinthians 13:5, Pastor Steve looks at the test and the exam that Paul gave the church to make sure that they were not disqualified before God. Jesus said that many in that day will call Him Lord but He will say “depart from me, I never knew you.” For Paul to say that we can pass the test means that we can know that we are saved. In this message we will come to understand both the proposition of the Gospel and the experience of acceptance of that proposition by faith. The result is the indwelling Holy Spirit who changes our lives for good

The Work of the Pastor and the Responsibility of the Members

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As Paul instructed the church in Corinth he let them know what he tried to do for them and what they should do with his efforts. From this passage, 2 Corinthians 12:14-21, we will see clear instructions for both pastors and for church members.

 

 

When Trouble Comes So Does Jesus

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2 Corinthians 12:7-10 paints a picture of God’s grace uniquely given to a man in great trouble. Yet, we tend to avoid and run from trouble. In this message you will see how Paul embraced the trouble only to find the greater grace of God and a new nearness of Christ.

 

 

Helping the Lost Cast Down Imaginations

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2 Corinthians 10:7-11 From this familiar passage talking about casting down imaginations and every high thought and bringing them into captivity, Pastor Steve takes a look at the work of God in the salvation of sinners. Conversion is a spiritual battle that we get to be a part of when we seek to give out the gospel of Christ.

Make Sure That God Alone Gets The Glory

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2 Corinthians 10 Paul addresses the church instructing us to make sure that when we give glory it needs to go to God. In his day, Paul wrote against the mutual admiration society who compared themselves among themselves. We are not to be like them but to do our best and give God the glory.