2 Corinthians 1:1,6 -- Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5 Commentary of the Bible

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Life Beyond Death  ( 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 )  Sunday Message

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Concerning Redemption  ( 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 )  Class

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Article V of our Doctrinal Statement reads:

Concerning Redemption

“We believe Jesus died upon the cross as a sin-less substitute for sinners of all ages and times, and that the Father was thus, by means of the Spirit, reconciling the world to Himself. All who receive the risen Jesus as Lord, by faith, are spiritually born into permanent membership in the family of God.”

The Word For The Hour  ( 2 Corinthians 5:18-6:2 )  Daily Devotion

That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Authentic Christianity -- The Book — Ch 11: The Glory of Ministry  ( 2 Corinthians 5:18-6:2 )  Online Book

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Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others is a very simple matter. It has been beautifully and simply described as, "One beggar telling another where he can find bread." That is so true! I am a beggar. You are a beggar. Every human being alive on this planet is a beggar! Whether we are Christians or nonChristians makes no difference: Our own righteousness is like the filthy rags of a starving beggar (see Isaiah 64:6), and we are all equally lost in our poverty and sin--apart from God.

The Word for this Hour  ( 2 Corinthians 5:18 - 6:2 )  Sunday Message

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The Apostle Paul has been painting a picture for us in Chapter 5 of Second Corinthians. Line upon line, and stroke upon stroke, he has been drawing a portrait of a Christian living in the midst of a dying world. We have been learning what a Christian ought to be like in a world like ours today, which is comparable to the world of the 1st century, filled with despair, hopelessness, corruption, deceit and darkness.

What's There To Live For?  ( 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 )  Daily Devotion

For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 RSV)

What's There to Live For?  ( 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 )  Sunday Message

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"What is there to live for?" That is a question that fills many hearts, both Christian and non-Christian alike, today. These are times of crisis. We feel them very strongly in this present hour. Many are troubled by the bleak look of the future. Teen-age suicide rates are rocketing as despair spreads. So, many are asking the question, "What is there to live for?" There is a wonderful answer provided in this passage from Second Corinthians 5 which we will be studying today. I hope that many will be helped by it.

Authentic Christianity -- The Book — Ch 10: Our Highest Motivation  ( 2 Corinthians 5:9-17 )  Online Book

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A nobleman's son once complained that he didn't know what to do with his life. "Father," he said, "what should my ambition be? What should I make of myself? What should I do in life?"

"When I was your age," said the nobleman, "I wondered about the very same questions. But over the years, I've learned something which may be of help to you. I have that if you want to have an interesting life, just become a friend of the king--then wait and see what happens."

Concerning the Son  ( 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 )  Class

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Father, we wonder at the self-disclosure of our great and mighty God. We pray for the ministry of the Spirit as we look at the theme centered upon the person of our Lord himself. Help us to realize that we are seek to understand the Lord of glory, Master of the universe, Savior of the world, who loved us and gave Himself for us that we might not perish. Help us to do so with reverence and clear understanding, taught of your Spirit. In Christ’s Name. Amen.

Somebody told me it was so cold this morning they couldn’t even get their wheelbarrow started. This would be a warm day in Montana, so I don’t feel sorry for you. I thought you might be interested in a new book I recommend to any who are interested in a popular survey of the whole realm of Christian theology. It’s a thick book written by my dear friend, Dr. James Boice, Pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, speaker on the Bible Study Hour. He has done a good job of covering the whole field of theology in popular style. It isn’t technical, nor obtruse, nor dull. It’s a good presentation of Eschatology, Soteriology and all the other “ologies” that make up Theology. It is a single volume, published by InterVarsity Press. I can recommend it highly because Jim Boice has done me the honor of quoting me extensively (laughter) regarding Body Life in the church. The name is “Foundations of Christian Faith.”

The fourth Doctrinal Statement reads:

Concerning the Son

 “We believe that the Eternal Son entered the human race as the virgin-born son of Mary, was named Jesus, fulfilled Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah, was rejected by Jewish leaders, condemned by Pontius Pilate, crucified by the Romans, buried in a borrowed tomb, but on the third day arose bodily from the dead in accordance with the predictions of the Old Testament Scriptures.”