Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 8. In this chapter we read about the sacrificial giving of the Macedonians. “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.” ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭8:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ When have you been blessed by the generosity of someone? How has God been generous with you? How do you feel when you give generously? One of my goals has been to live generously. What are your financial goals? May God bless many people through your generosity. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 7. In this chapter we read about godly grief. “For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted by you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:5-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ When a person grieves their sin, that is a good thing. It means they are convicted by God’s word and seeking reconciliation. We don’t have a problem with people grieving their sin too much. We have the opposite problem—people don’t want to turn from their sin. People don’t think they are sinning. Without repentance there is no forgiveness. How can we lead people to repentance? What impact does your godly sorrow have on those around you. May you model both repentance and reconciliation. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 6. In this chapter we read about “spiritual distancing”. “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:14-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬ God calls us to separate ourselves from unbelievers and the actions of those who do not know Him. Why do you think He gives us this warning and command? What does this look like in your life? How are you tempted to go along with the actions of pagans? What message are you sending when you refuse to participate in their evil? May God help you to stand firm against the devil’s attacks! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 5. In this chapter we read about the ministry of reconciliation that God has called us to. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Who was it that God used to bring you to faith? In that moment, when you believed, you were reconciled to God. Jesus paid for our sins. His payment is credited to our account. Now, we have peace with God and live every day in His grace. May God use you today to bring someone into reconciliation with God. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 4. In this chapter we read about making a temporary personal sacrifice to give others an eternal blessing. “For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:15-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬ When have you endured temporary suffering in exchange for a long-term benefit? What are you willing to go through to change someone’s eternal destiny? The material world is what we see. This is temporary. The unseen glory of Heaven is eternal. Our life here is all about helping people to have eternal joy in Heaven. May God impress on you today the importance of your ministry. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 3. In this chapter we read about being ministers of a new covenant. “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:4-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Paul speaks of confidence in ministry. How confident are you to share your faith? When we are obedient to God and reach out with the Gospel, He is working in and through us. He gives us the words to say. He opens hearts to believe. God used Paul to do amazing mission work. The same God is at work in you! May God fill you with great confidence in His working! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 2. In this chapter we read about forgiveness for the repentant sinner. “If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:5-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬ What does it feel like when someone forgives you? When someone won’t forgive you, how does that affect your behavior and your thinking? Does the devil tempt you to sin in response to their unforgiving attitude? When you are angry with someone, how do you get to a place of peace and reconciliation? May God bless others as you make peace with them. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 2 Corinthians 1. Today we are reading about God’s faithfulness. “But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:18-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬ How has God been faithful in your life? How does God’s faithfulness strengthen your faith? Would you family and friends describe you as “faithful”? Do you keep your promises? May God help you to be trustworthy in all you do. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 16. In this chapter we read about a collection for the believers in Jerusalem that were going through a famine. “Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Then, when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16:1-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬ In this passage we get a little insight into charitable giving of the early Christians. How do you give consistently to the Lord? What is your strategy? My wife and I plan for the whole year what we give to our church. We also give to other Christian ministries on a regular basis and we give spontaneously when God moves us to do so. Have you ever suffered because you were generous? God will always supply what you need. When you give in faith, He will bless you. May God inspire you to be generous! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading about 1 Corinthians 15. In this chapter we read about the resurrection. “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:50-57‬ ‭ESV‬‬ This passage is often read at the graveside when a Christian is buried. The main idea is that we observe the perishable nature of our lives and our bodies but God gives us the victory over these things and we will receive permanent bodies in Heaven. When you read these words, what comes to mind? When are these words most comforting? Who do you need to share this passage with? May God bless you to pass on what you have received. Pastor Tim