Worship Service Livestream

  • October 2, 2022

    Welcome and Announcements

    How Great Thou Art

    Prayer of Invocation

    To God Be The Glory II

    Scripture Reading - Acts 18:1-8 (NASB)

    House Of The Lord

    Brethren We Have Met To Worship

    Pastor's Message: 2 Corinthians Introduction

    Invitation Hymn - Lord Be Glorified

  • Acts 18:1-8 (NASB)

    1 After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth.

    2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them,

    3 and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers.

    4 And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

    5 But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.

    6 But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles."

    7 Then he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God, whose house was next to the synagogue.

    8 Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with all his household, and many of the Corinthians when they heard were believing and being baptized.

  • Sermon Notes: 2 Corinthians Introduction

    • Paul founded the church at Corinth on his second missionary journey.
    • He was their spiritual father and spent a year and a half with them before continuing his missionary journey.

    • First-century Corinth was the leading commercial center of southern Greece.
    • David Garland - "Corinth was geographically in Greece but culturally in Rome. ...In the time of Paul, one third of the population consisted of slaves, and Corinth was a main depot for the slave trade in the Aegean. ...The citizens were obsessed with their status and their ascent up the ladder of honor...The Corinthian correspondence reveals that Paul had to deal with a church overcome by vanity and rent asunder by an overweening desire for honor and distinction."
    • Corinth had also earned a reputation for being a sin city. It was a melting pot of people, religions, and morals. In Corinth you could find the cults of the gods of Egypt, Rome and Greece. High atop a massive rock in upper Corinth stood the Temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, which employed temple prostitutes who served mainly the wealthy citizens, that is, merchants and state officials. The temple prostitutes were highly educated, and apart from the sexual services, they acted also as artists and entertainers.
    • William Barclay - "She had a reputation for commercial prosperity, but she was also a byword for evil living. ...Corinth became not only a synonym for wealth and luxury, drunkenness and debauchery, but also for filth."
    • Corinth was not a family friendly city but was a center for open and unbridled immorality and the influence of the city and its culture also plagued the church.

    • Paul was the church planter or founder of the church at Corinth. From the 18th chapter of Acts we know that Paul, about fifty years old at the time founded the church on his second missionary journey (Acts 18:1-18).
    • Paul's letters to the Christians at Corinth address his concern over a pressing issue: the rampant immorality associated with the paganism of Corinth which had begun to infect the Corinthian church.
    • The normal Christian life is supped to be a spiritual life and Paul's point is that the Corinthian believers were not living under control of God's Spirit but were living in the flesh.

    • Paul was a missionary, not a pastor but he had a pastor's heart for people, which is why the letter of 2 Corinthians was written at a vulnerable time in his life. Though his opponents in Corinth slandered him for not caring about the church he did care, deeply cared.
    • The tone of the letter is strong and authoritative but the purpose is redemptive.

    • I want to challenge you to read through this letter this week. If you start tomorrow and read just two chapters every day you will be done on Saturday or you could spend about 40 minutes and read through the entire letter in one sitting. Lord willing, next week we will begin our examination.