Corinthians Case Study

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H. Lecture 8 – 2 Corinthians
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1. Itemize four main principles of giving that Paul enunciates in 2 Cor. 8:1-15?

The principles that Paul enunciates are for giving are: (1) it should be sacrificial. Paul contrasts them to the Macedonian church—which gave even in extreme poverty, (2) Christians should surrender even themselves as a gift to God, (3) giving should be done with sincerity and gladness, and (4) giving ought to be proportionate to ones blessings. Those with excess should give more and in proportion to their wealth. In any case, giving should be sacrificial and prioritized.
2. Describe Paul’s strategy of boasting in 2 Cor. 10-13, in order to counteract the false apostles who have infiltrated the Corinthian church.
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The opposite pole of this attitude is also very dangerous: defeatism, not having enough trust that the Lord has conquered and will accomplish his perfect purposes in his people. Forms of triumphalism are more prevalent in north-America in the word-off-faith movement, in some areas of the charismatic church, in the name-it-claim-it theology and other prosperity-gospel variants. Materialism has also infected the church, and this has caused spiritual stagnation. There is also a postmillennial view that advocates that evangelism and missions are not needed due to the “Christianization” of many parts of the glove. We see counseling therapies, how-to books and self-help books that “guarantee” success in Christian living. Lastly, there is the myth that graduates from seminary will have a better chance of success in church …show more content…
49 Jews were expelled from Rome as mandated by Claudius. Acts 18-19 depicts the ministry of Priscilla and Aquila, a Christian couple expelled from Rome that later returned to continue spreading the Gospel there (Romans 16:3). Paul considered them fellow ministry workers. The expulsion likely happened—according to Suetonius—due to disputes and rioting between Christian and non-Christian Jews. Claudius died in 54 and was succeeded by Nero. This was followed by 10 years of peace between Jews and Christians before persecutions in the year 64. Jews then returned to Rome, and thus the roman church—that had been mainly Gentile—suddenly saw an influx of Jews. This caused tensions that constitute part of the motive of Paul to write.
5. How can Gentiles who never had God’s Word be held accountable for their sins, according to Romans 1?

A key theological aside from Romans 1 is that Gentiles are held morally accountable for their sins because God manifests himself and his righteousness through nature and Creation, in such a manner that unbelievers have “no excuse” for their unbelief, and thus will be judged for that light that has been given to them. All humanity has sinned, is without excuse, and is in need of salvation.
I. Lecture 9 –Romans
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