Bible Leads: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Bible Leads is a rendering of my sermon preparation: researching facts & cross-references, drawing up connections through personal experiences, art and music and discerning the essence of the text.


Text

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

  1. Concerning the “earthly tent”: Ten Things about Embalming
  2. Concerning the “eternal”: The Last Lecture
  3. Concerning “I believed, and so I spoke”: Unhardened Hearts
  4. Concerning “Glory”: Glory

Reflection Questions

  1. What is eternal?
  2. In what ways is “the earthly tent” good?
  3. When have you experienced your outer nature wasting away? In what ways was your inner nature revealed in that experience?
  4. What is your role in extending grace to more and more people?

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Image: Mirror mirror, by Brooke Hoyer (CC)


Soundtrack

1) Ragtime, by Neko Case 2) Glory, by John Legend and Common 3) For the Summer, by Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs 4) I’m Here Now, by Motopony 5) From Now On, by Nada Surf 6) Ain’t it Fun, by Paramore 7) This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore, by Elton John 8) Regret, by New Order 9) Take a Bow, by Madonna 10) Bracing for Sunday, by Neko Case

YouTube playlist || Spotify playlist


Haiku

Waste nothing / (want ads crinkle), he / laughs alone.

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