Valley Bible Church's Sermon Notes on 2 Corinthians


The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (2009-2012)


A. Paul's Comfort from God (1:1-11)

1. Introduction (1:1-2)

2. Looking to God for comfort (1:3)

3. Finding comfort from God (1:4a)

4. Sharing God's comfort with others (1:4b-7)

5. Thankfulness for God's comfort (1:8-11)

B. Paul's Defense of His Ministry (1:12-2:4)

1. Paul's testimony of his conscience (1:12-16)

2. Paul's denial of the charges (1:15-17)

3. Paul's faithfulness as a messenger through his message (1:18-20)

4. Paul's faithfulness as a messenger through his ministry (1:21-22)

5. Paul's motivation for his travel plans (2:23-2:4)

C. Paul's Description of the Ministry (2:5-11)

1. The impact of sin (2:5)

2. The importance of restoring a sinner (2:6-8)

3. The involvement of the church in restoring a sinner (2:9-11)

D. Paul's Determination in Ministry (2:12-17)

1. The rigors of ministry (2:12)

2. The reward of ministry (2:14)

3. The result of ministry (2:14-16)

4. The resource for ministry (2:16-17)

E. Paul's Difference in Ministry (3:1-18)

1. The credentials (3:1-3)

2. The capacity (3:4-6)

3. The comparisons (3:7-11)

a. The ministry of death vs. the ministry of the Spirit (3:7-8)

b. The ministry of condemnation vs. the ministry of righteousness (3:9-11)

4. The consequences (3:12-18)

a. Boldness (3:12-13)

b. Unveiling (3:14-16)

c. Liberty (3:17)

d. Transformation (3:18)

F. Paul's Dedication in Ministry (4:1-18)

1. Dedication in his rejection (4:1-6)

a. The readiness for the rejection (4:1-2)

b. The reason for the rejection (4:3-4)

c. The response to the rejection (4:5-6)

2. Dedication in his sufferings (4:7-18)

a. God's power through our weakness (4:7-8)

b. God's power through our flesh (4:9-11)

c. God's power through our speaking (4:13-15)

d. God's power through our transformation (4:16-18)

G. Paul's Determination in Ministry (5:1-7:1)

1. Expressions of confidence(5:1-10)

a. Intense longing (5:1-5)

b. Unflinching courage (5:6-8)

c. Ambitious living (5:9-10)

2. Driving motivations(5:11-17)

a. Fear of the Lord (5:11-13)

b. Love of Christ (5:14-15)

c. Proper view of people (5:16-17)

3. Ministering reconciliation (5:18-21)

a. The source of reconciliation (5:18)

b. The sphere of reconciliation (5:19)

c. The speaking of reconciliation (5:20)

c. The strategy for reconciliation (5:21)

4. Living reconciled (6:1-7:1)

a. Striving not to offend (6:1-3)

b. Striving to serve (6:4-13)

1) Troubles in striving to serve (6:4-5)

2) Qualities in striving to serve (6:6-7)

3) Contrasts in striving to serve (6:8-10

4) A heart for striving to serve (6:11-13)

c. Striving to separate (6:14-7:1)

1) The command to be separate (6:14)

2) The reasons to be separate (6:14-16)

1) The promises to the separate (6:16-7:1)

H. Paul's Direction for Ministry (7:2-9:15)

1. The need for separation from Paul's opponents (7:2-16)

a. Emotion of comfort and joy (7:2-4)

b. Events bringing comfort and joy (7:5-16)

1) The coming of Titus (7:5-7)

2) The positive response from the Corinthians (7:8-13)

3) The joy of Titus (7:13-16)

2. The need to complete the collection for the Jerusalem believers (8:1-9:15)

a. The example of the Macedonians (8:1-7)

1) The source of the example (8:1)

2) The description of the example (8:2-5)

3) The implication of the example (8:6-7)

b. The example of Christ (8:8-10)

c. The expectations of the Corinthians (8:11-15)

1) With regard to ability (8:11-12)

2) With regard to equality (8:13-15)

d. The necessity of the delegation (8:16-9:5)

1) The need to defend Paul (8:16-24)

2) The need to ensure the collection (9:1-5)

e. The giver that God loves (9:6-7)

f. The personal benefits of grace giving (9:8-10)

1) Sufficiency (9:8)

2) Righteousness (9:9-10)

g. The church-wide of grace giving (9:11-15)

1) Thanksgiving to God (9:11-12)

2) Glory to God (9:13-15)

I. Paul's Defense for Ministry (10:1-13:14)

1. The battle for apostolic authority (10:1-6)

a. His manner (10:1-2)

b. His method (10:3)

c. His means (10:4-6)

2. The purpose for apostolic authority (10:7-11)

a. The principle of building up (10:7-8)

b. The application of building up (10:9-11)

3. The boasting in apostolic authority (10:12-18)

a. The criteria for boasting (10:12)

b. The sphere of boasting (10:13-16)

c. The commendation for boasting (10:17-18)

4. The foolish boasting (11:1-12:13)

a. Paul's godly jealousy (11:1-6)

b. Paul's no-charge policy (11:7-12)

c. Paul's description of his opponents (11:13-15)

d. Paul's risks in boasting (11:16-21)

e. Paul's heritage (11:21-22)

f. Paul's sufferings (11:23-29)

g. Paul's weakness (11:30-33)

h. Paul's visions and revelations (12:1-6)

i. Paul's humility (12:7-10)

1) The gift of the thorn (12:7)

2) The gift of grace (12:8-9)

3) The gift of weakness (12:9-10)

j. Paul not commended (12:11-13)

5. The final appeal to the repentant (12:14-21)

a. Paul's love for them (12:14-18)

b. Paul's fear for them (12:19-21)

6. The final appeal to the unrepentant (13:1-14)

a. Warning (13:1-4)

b. Exhortation (13:5-6)

c. Prayer (13:7-10)

d. Admonition (13:11-14)