Resources on 2 Corinthians

Chapter 6

The Case for Moral Purity.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 27, 2018

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
 
—2 Corinthians 6:12-20
 
We’re living in a sexed-crazed society.  We’re living in a society in which now operates sexually like an open sewer and it’s been called a sexual revolution and even called by some, including some ministers, the new morality.  But the fact is, it’s not a new morality at all.  It’s just the same old immorality that’s been around for thousands and thousands of years.
 
David is the perfect example.  King David, a man after God’s own heart, loved God more than most of us.  He fell to sexual sin because he did not watch and guard himself.  And as a result even though he was forgiven, even though he was cleansed, even though he’s in heaven today at the throne in the presence of God, he paid in his life some consequences as he reaped the bitter fruit of his sin all of his days.
 
Today, many want to know, “How can I be morally pure?”
 
The best way to deal with this sin is not to debate it, not hang around to try to discuss it, but get your shoes on and run, run, run! Every Christian ought to run just a little bit scared today. Everywhere you go, there are these temptations…in our music, in the media, our television, our movies. The scripture says, “Flee sexual immorality.”
 
Jesus saved us that He might deliver us from our sin. He saved us that we wouldn’t have to be destroyed and defeated by this sin or any other sin.
 
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Chapter 9

The Source of our Sufficiency.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 24, 2018

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

We live in a world where that old money monster can chew us up if we’re not careful. I mean, how big of a house is big enough? What kind of car is good enough? What kind of clothes for me or my kids?

If we care about spiritual things, we have to ask ourselves these questions. How much should I keep, and how much should I give?

I want to give you a threefold test to help you evaluate the demands upon your life and upon your resources.

  1. Anything that I give to, it must be initiated by the Lord. God blesses what God begins. All charitable giving in my estimation should be to advance the work of Jesus Christ!
  2. It must be redemptive in nature. God never supports a cause that does not fulfill His primary purpose, and His primary purpose is to seek and to save that which is lost!
  3. Always ask: Does this ministry exist to the glory of God rather than the glory of man? God is committed to one grand purpose: to glorify Himself through His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will not share His glory with another!

Do you want to be miserable? Then be miserly and hoard for yourself the blessings of God. Do you want to be happy? Instead of a greedy getter, become a gracious giver. It is out of the generosity of the heart of God that we are caused to praise Him.

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Chapter 10

Giving credit where it’s due.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 6, 2018

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
 
2 Corinthians 10:17
 
One day, a woodpecker was pecking at a telephone pole, just hammering away on the wood when right about that time a big bolt of lightning crashed down and split that telephone pole right down the middle.
 
So that little woodpecker flew off. And pretty soon, he came back with a whole flock of other woodpeckers and said, “Look what I did!”
 
People love taking credit for something they didn’t do. Just look at the political climate today. If something goes well, then it was because of this party. If it went badly, then the other party must have caused it. Everybody wants to take credit when things go well, and they blame others when they don’t!
 
But when it comes to doing things for God’s Kingdom, the mindset completely flips. As followers of Christ, you and I are not only to admit our shortcomings, but to give glory to God when things go well. It’s completely counterintuitive!
 
When things go well for you, who gets the glory? Do you like to tell others how great of a job you did? Or, are you humble, giving the glory to God? God’s desire for you is that you would boast about one thing: His work in your life. So instead of taking the credit, put it where it really belongs—at His feet!
 
 
WHEN GOD BLESSES YOU, GIVE HIM THE CREDIT AND ALLOW OTHERS TO SEE HIS GOODNESS THROUGH YOU!

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Chapter 5

The reality of God in your life.
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 27, 2018

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.
 
2 Corinthians 5:6-7
 
I was reading an article not long ago about what scientists call ‘parallel realities.’ Essentially, it means an unseen reality that exists alongside something that is seen. You and I may not see it or fully experience it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not real.
 
You see, every person has his own perceived reality. But beyond that concept of reality there are also unseen realities. For example, a blind person has never seen a cloud, but that doesn’t mean clouds don’t exist. In fact, they’re just as real for the blind person as they are for someone who can walk outside and see them.
 
And certainly, this concept is true concerning faith as well. I’ve never personally seen God. In fact, the Bible says no one has (John 1:18). And I’ve never shaken hands with Jesus Christ. But I believe that God is more real than the words on this page.
 
I’ve heard people say that when it comes to faith, “Give me something of substance. Give me something real.” Well, faith is real! In fact, faith in God will be around long after this world is gone and finished.
 
So when it comes to your faith, get rid of any abstract ethereal concept of God because He is more real than anything you’ll ever experience!
 
 
GOD IS MORE REAL THAN ANYTHING YOU’LL EXPERIENCE. SO HAVE FAITH THAT HE EXISTS TODAY AND WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU!

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Lay down your rights
By Dr. Jack Graham | August 10, 2018

If a stranger looked at your life objectively, would they come to the conclusion that you are a follower of Christ? Take into consideration what your tastes in entertainment say about you. What about your language, ethics, and relationships? 

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It's time to change
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 2, 2018

It’s never too late for a new beginning! This is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Real change is possible!

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Sharing his G.R.A.C.E.
By | September 28, 2017

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 5:20

 

In Christ Jesus, you and I have received an astounding gift… it’s the gift of grace. So let me share a little acrostic that will make it easy to share Christ with those he brings across your path. It’s based on the letters G-R-A-C-E:

 

“G” stands for the “Gift” of salvation. You and I can do nothing to earn his grace; it’s a gift. Ephesians 2:8 says, For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God….

 

“R” stands for “Repentance.” To repent means to turn. In our sin, we were walking away from God, but then we turned from sin and began to follow Christ!

 

“A” stands for “Almighty” God. We need to develop a relationship with Almighty God… the one who loves us and who has a wonderful plan for our lives.

 

 “C” stands for “Commitment.” You and I are called to live in a committed relationship with Jesus, the Bridegroom. He died for us, he lives within us, and he’s coming again to receive us to himself!

 

“E” stands for “Eternal” life. We receive the gift of eternal life by faith the moment we come to Christ!

 

YOU AND I CAN DO NOTHING TO EARN HIS GRACE; IT’S A GIFT!

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Lay down your rights.
By | September 18, 2017

Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you…

—2 Corinthians 6:17

 

If a stranger looked at your life objectively, would they come to the conclusion that you are a follower of Christ? Take into consideration what your tastes in entertainment say about you. What about your language, ethics, and relationships.  

 

Now, what I’m about to say is essential if you and I intend to serve Christ: We are called to separate ourselves from the world.

 

You see, it’s impossible to make a difference in the world if we’re not different! I’ll even go a step further. The churches and Christians who are most like the world are the ones that do the least amount of good for Christ Jesus!

 

Do you know why? It’s because these people love themselves more than they care about a lost and dying world. It’s tragic and it’s true. There are people who call themselves Christians who’d rather have their own way and secret vices than to align themselves completely with Christ and to stand for him.

 

What about you? Are you willing to lay down your own rights and wishes in order to be a light to your friends and family? Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

 

Come out from among the world and become a messenger of Christ’s transforming power!

 

It’s impossible to make a difference in the world if we’re not different!

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Finding real change
By | August 1, 2017

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Do you think that lasting change in a person is really possible?

 

The world says probably not. In fact, some behavioral psychologists tell us that by the time someone is five or six, a person is psychologically who they’ll be for a lifetime.

 

And geneticists say that we are who are as a result of our genetic material. They say you and I have inherited behavioral traits and genetic predispositions that are set for life.

 

These thoughts aren’t very promising, are they?!

 

Every week, I receive letters and emails from people who are desperate to know if they can change. Some people are addicted to drugs or are involved in other sinful activities and their lives are filled with trauma and pain.


Maybe even you are wondering today if you can really change!

 

If so, remember that on your own, you cannot change. Only Jesus Christ can change you. And there is no person who’s so far gone that God’s grace cannot reach them.

 

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, YOU CAN CHANGE!

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Everyone has a worldview, whether they are aware of it or not. Your worldview is your basic belief system, the way you look at the world through the lens of your own mind and life. Your worldview is important because it determines both your attitude toward life and your actions in life.

 

It is that driving force behind everything we do—that thing inside of us that motivates us to follow a certain path in life and make the decisions we make, good or bad.

 

We can boil every worldview down into one of two basic categories: either Christ-centered or man-centered. If you are a Christian, then your view of life should be Christ-centered. This simply means that Christ is your sufficient and sovereign Lord in every area of life. This view places Christ at the center of every idea and decision.

 

But unfortunately, many people place themselves at the center of life. The man-centered view says that humans are basically good, capable of making it fine on their own, and therefore have no need for God.

 

What’s the driving force behind your life? How does your worldview impact the decisions you make and the actions you take every day? Those questions are worth thinking about. If you live with Christ at the center of your life, you will experience joy, peace, and fulfillment beyond your greatest imagination.

 

Make sure your worldview is centered on Christ.  

 

 

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Chapter 4

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
 
—2 Corinthians 4:8-9
 
As a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, I can say with integrity that every day with Him has been sweeter than the day before… just as the old hymn says.
 
Now, when I say that, please listen to what I’m not saying. I’m not saying that my life hasn’t had its share of valleys. I’m not saying that I haven’t experienced times of grief, illness, distress, or stress. I’m not saying that!
 
What I am saying is that I may have been afflicted in every way, but I’ve never been crushed. I may have been perplexed, but I’ve never been driven to despair. I may have been persecuted, but I’ve never been forsaken. I may have been struck down, but I’ve never been destroyed.
 
And you know why I can say this? Because of the work of Jesus Christ in my life. He’s never let me be crushed. He’s never let me driven to despair. He’s never forsaken me. And He’s never let me be destroyed!
 
But perhaps today you’d say, “Pastor Graham, that’s great for you, but you don’t know what I’ve been through. You don’t know how hard my life has been. You don’t know how many of my prayers have gone unanswered. You don’t know how disappointed I am in God.”
 
You know, I don’t know. But you know what I do know? That we serve a God who is bigger than whatever it is you’re holding on to. He’s bigger than your past sins… your past hurts. And He’s even bigger than your disappointments.
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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

—2 Corinthians 5:17

 

If you walk into any bookstore today or browse an internet bookseller, you’ll find volume upon volume of self-improvement books…books about how to change and improve your life.

 

And So many of us fall into the trap of thinking that changing our jobs…changing our appearance…or changing our environment will make us happy.  But it just isn’t true!

 

All of these external changes may temporarily improve your life…they may better your life for a time…but none of them can change your life.  You may move around.  You may change cars.  You may even change jobs.  But you know what?  Wherever you go, it’s the same old you, right?

 

It’s not that your circumstances or your surroundings need to change.  It’s that your heart that needs to change.  It’s your heart that needs a new birth.

 

The Bible is pretty clear when it talks about our hearts.  In Jeremiah 17:9, it says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.”  The heart, according to the Bible, is not good!

 

Which means your heart needs a spiritual transformation.  I’m not talking about a resolution…promising to be better, do better, or live better.  I’m talking about a revolution!

 

It’s something so radical, so dramatic, that it’s like beginning life all over again!  It’s a new beginning!  It’s an inward change!  Your heart undergoes a spiritual transformation when God takes it and transplants it with His love and His...

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Defeating Lust
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 11, 2016

“You shall not commit adultery.”
—Exodus 20:14

Talking about a subject like adultery is unpleasant. It’s unpleasant because in our hearts, we know how dire the consequences of this sin really are.  

What’s sad, though, is that as horrible as the consequences of adultery or sexual sin are, so many people… including Bible-believing, Christ-following people… continue to put themselves in a position to be tempted by the sin of adultery.  

That’s why I want you to think about your day-to-day life. Think about the people you work with, the people you email with, or even the people you might Facebook with each day.  

Is every relationship you have… whether it’s online or offline… aboveboard? Are your motives in each relationship pure?  

First Corinthians chapter 10 tells us with any temptation, God provides a way of escape. And one way of escape he has given us is his Word. This is why I’m such a strong advocate of memorizing Scripture!  

Because just trying to not think lustful thoughts really doesn’t do you any good. You and I have to replace bad thoughts with good thoughts. And the best thoughts you can put in your mind are God’s words.

So today, I want to help you start winning the battle against lust and sexual sin in your life by giving you a verse you can memorize. It’s 2 Corinthians 10:5, which says, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

So write that down. Second Corinthians 10:5. Learn it and memorize it. And the next time you’re tempted to lust… the next time you’re...

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Chapter 8