2 Corinthians 1:23–2:11
I. Modeling a Ministry of Comfort – 1:23-2:4
II. Requesting a Ministry of Comfort – 2:5-11
III. Reflecting On a Ministry of Comfort
2 Corinthians 1:23–2:11
2 Corinthians 1:12–22
I. An Explanation of the Apostle's Plans
II. An Extrapolation of the Corinthians' Response
III. An Exploration of the Conflict Implied
2 Corinthians 1:1–11
I. A Blessed Assurance of Comfort in Affliction – 3-7
II. A Personal Testimony of Comfort in Affliction – 8-10
III. A Community Petition for Comfort in Affliction – 11
I. Where Does David's Idea Come From in Psalm 8?
II. What Does Psalm 8 Mean for Us Today?
I. The Lingering Tension of Competing Offers
II. The Contrasting Outcomes of Alternative Choices
III. The Blessed Enjoyment of Embracing Wisdom
IV. General Takeaways from Such a Particular Passage
I. Humbly Lacking Yet Seeking Wisdom – 30:1-9
II. Hindrance and Help in Pursuing Wisdom – 30:10-33
III. Refresher Course in the Right Use of Wisdom – 31:1-9
Proverbs 13:20; 17:17; 27:5-6; 18:24; 20:6; 27:10
I. True friends are chosen (13:20)
II. True friends are constant (17:17)
III. True friends are candid (27:5-6)
IV. True friends are few (18:24)
V. True friends are a rare jewel (20:6 & 27:10)
I. Limiting Our Attention to an Obscure Verse
II. The Limitations of Wisdom: Constraints for Our Good
A. A World of Limitations
B. The Contemporary Sensibility
C. The Sensibility of Proverbs
III. The Limitations of Wisdom and the Word Made Flesh
Proverbs 15:1-7, 23-33
I. Words Damage
II. Words Edify
I. The fundamental realities of this world
II. The fear of the Lord
III. The fountain of life
IV. And let the one who is thirsty, come!
I. What does Proverbs teach about Pride and Humility?
II. What do we need to learn about Pride and Humility?
I. God Has Made Himself Known
II. God Has Promised that He Will Be Known
III. There Is No Joy Like Knowing God, and Being Known
IV. We Come to Know God Personally in Jesus Christ
2 Timothy 3:14–17
I. Is the inspiration of the Bible reliable?
II. Is the usefulness of the Bible reliable?
III. Is the sufficiency of the Bible reliable?
IV. Reliability and the self-authenticating Word of God
I. Appreciating the Angles of Approach to This Question
II. Addressing the Actual Aim of This Question
III. Adjusting to the Affirmative Answer to This Question
I. Who Is To Say that Christianity Is the Only Way to God?
II. What About Those Who Have Never Heard of Jesus?
1 Peter 2:19–24
I. Capturing the Vast Dimensions of the Dilemma
II. Crafting the Proper Perspective for a Solution
III. Cultivating Genuine Hope Sufficient for the Day
I. Appreciating the Question
II. Addressing the Question
III. Embracing an Answer
I. The Best Expression of Life's Purpose
II. Our Present Struggle with Life's Purpose
III. The Future Realization of Life's Purpose
I. Similar Invitations to Very Different Parties
II. Two Types of Party Animals
III. Which Party Will You Attend?
I. Full Courage: fearlessly honoring Christ
II. Death: gain to be with Christ
III. Life: fruitful labor for the faith of others