Word for the Week ~ 1/6/2020
Sunday was a wonderful day as we resumed a certain level of normality after the holidays. It was good to have Shirley Moore come forward in the first service to join the church. We began our new sermon series in the Book of Second Corinthians as the first message was about: “When Suffering and Affliction Come Our Way.” Next Sunday we will pick back up with 2 Corinthians 1:12ff. I have never preached through this New Testament book at Grover during my ministry, but we did go through First Corinthians about four years ago. At the end of this email, I have included a background study for Second Corinthians for you to read. I included some of this in my message Sunday. (See Appendix).
Our Christmas Card Mailbox is still full. Be sure to check it this week for cards that you might have received. They are alphabetized by everyone’s last name. Last year we had close to a hundred cards that were left in the box that never were picked up. Please check and don’t miss any of the blessings that someone may have sent you. The box is located in the Extended Foyer by the coffee machine.
Offering Envelopes: Our 2020 Offering Envelopes are ready to be picked up in the foyer of the Sanctuary. Contribution statements will be mailed directly to you in the next week or so.
No Memory Monday today, but it will resume next week.
Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in room 101 in the Worship Center. Call Larry Cox for any questions at (660) 624-0489.
Prime Time (Senior Adult Choir) will meet tomorrow at Country Club Care Center to sing for the residents there. The bus will leave the church at 9:50 am following a 9:00 am rehearsal in the sanctuary. This is a wonderful ministry of our church, and we would love for you to join us as we kick off the new year.
Wednesday Nights Start Back: Yes, this week we will resume our Wednesday night suppers and services. Our supper will begin at 5:30 p.m. The menu will include: Ham and beans, corn bread, crispy salad, drinks and dessert. For our first Wednesday night back, we will be having our Ordination Service and a Special Called Business Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. The children will have WNL at 6:15 p.m., and the youth will be having Life Academy at 6:15 in The Park. Nursery is also provided in the extended foyer of the Worship Center.
Board of Directors Meeting: After the service and business meeting this Wednesday night, January 8th, we will have our first Board Meeting for the new year to elect officers etc. in room 101 of the Worship Center.
Prayer Updates: Please pray the Jo Campbell and her family in the passing of Richard Campbell. The funeral was December 21st. Pray for Sharon Baum who is scheduled for knee replacement surgery on January 13th at WMMC. Pray for Terry Hayden who is recovering from surgery and doing rehab at Crest Ridge Nursing Center. Please pray for Kristen Smith’s dad, Kirk, who received his lung transplant over the holiday. He is doing great and has moved out of ICU. Pray for Bart Amsbaugh who is recovering at home from jaw surgery. Congratulations go to Tara Healey in her upcoming promotion at Whiteman this Saturday on January 11th. Pray for Katherine and Brandon Garneau who are stationed in Italy. Please pray for the situation in the Middle East. Pray for Helen Roth, who had been in the hospital over the holiday and is now at Warrensburg Manor in room 6. Our Deacon of the Week is George Bullard (660) 864-7447.
Life University: Later in the month of January, you will be receiving a brochure for our Winter Semester of Life University which we will kick off on February 9th, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. We will be offering four classes this year: Beth Talley will be leading a study through “The Sermon On the Mount.” Roger Dumas will be leading a parenting study entitled, “Growing Together.” Marty Stump will be leading a class entitled, “Growing in Faith: Christian History Made Easy.” Begin thinking now which class you would like to attend. Sign-up sheets will be available soon.
Have a great year ahead,
Appendix for Second Corinthians
The Background and Context for Second Corinthians
Dr. Randall S. Neal
January 12, 2020
I. The City of Corinth.
1. Corinth was located on a narrow neck of land called an isthmus which connects the main continent of Greece with another piece of land called the Peloponnesus.
2. Corinth was a great metropolitan center of commerce both east and west, and north and south, with two seaports in Cenchrea and Lechaeum.
3. Corinth was a Roman colony with over a half a million people in this capital city of Achaia (Greece).
4. The highest point of the city was called the Acrocorinthus and on it stood the Temple of Aphrodite where over a thousand priestesses lived.
5. Corinth was known for its immorality and pagan temples; thus its name became synonymous with lewdness and debauchery. An example of this is the word “Corinth Girl” which came to be known as a prostitute.
6. Corinth had been destroyed and plundered in 146 B.C. by the Romans and was rebuilt by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. because of its beauty and strategic importance.
7. Later Nero in A.D. 66 began the construction of a canal across the four-mile isthmus, but the project was abandoned and never completed until 1893.
8. The Isthmian Games were held there every two years and were second only to the Olympics.
II. The Church of Corinth.
1. Paul founded the church of Corinth during his second missionary journey (1 Cor. 3:6, 10; 4:15) in about A.D. 50-51 as is recorded in Acts 18:1-18. He would revisit the church at least two more times. (2 Cor. 13:1)
2. Paul’s fellow working companions in Corinth included Aquila and Priscilla, who had been expelled from Rome by the Edict of Claudius, and Silas and Timothy after they arrived from Macedonia. (Acts 18:5)
3. Paul’s first converts in Corinth were Justus, who lived next door to the synagogue (Acts 18:7), and Crispus, who was the ruler of the Corinthian synagogue. (Acts 18:8)
4. During Paul’s year and a half ministry in Corinth (Acts 18:11), he was brought before the judgement seat of Gallio, the proconsul of Achaia, but nothing much became of It. (Acts 18:12-17) – A.D. 51-52. This date can be established by the Gallio Inscription found at Delphi which place Gallio in Corinth in A.D. 51 when Paul stood before him.
5. Membership in the church of Corinth included both Jews, Romans, Greeks, and perhaps some other nationalities. The majority were Gentiles (non-Jewish people). Paul mentions “all Achaia” in his greeting in 2 Cor 1:1.
III. The Date And Authorship of The Book.
1. There is no question that the Apostle Paul wrote both First and Second Corinthians. It is believed that Paul may have written as many as four letters to the church, two of which are lost. Timothy is recorded as being with Paul in writing this letter (2 Cor. 1:1).
2. First Corinthians was written by Paul during his third missionary journey while he was in Ephesus in about A.D. 55.
– A “previous letter” is mentioned in 1 Cor. 5:9-11 for which Paul instructed them not to associate with immoral people.
– Another lost letter may have been written to Corinth by Paul which is referred to as the “Sorrowful Letter” in 2 Cor. 2:1-4. Some believe it could be preserved in 2 Cor. 10:1-13:10. I believe this could be a reference to First Corinthians, however.
3. Second Corinthians was also written by Paul in about A.D. 56-57 from Macedonia during his third missionary journey probably while in Philippi. (2 Cor. 2:13;7:5-7).
IV. Characteristics of The Book.
1. The Second Corinthian is personally revealing and autobiographical concerning the apostle and this church.
2. This letter reveals the nature of a church that is not that much different from many churches today.
3. The predominant purpose of Paul writing the epistle is to re-establish fully his apostolic authority in the Corinthian church and to vindicate himself from the accusations that had been made against him by his critics. (See chapters 10-13)
4. The language of the epistle would suggest that it was written during a time of intense emotional stress (2 Cor 1:3-11).
5. Although the letter is very autobiographical, it does contain some very important doctrinal teachings.
6. While First Corinthians is quite organized and can be easily outlined, Second Corinthians is written in a much more spontaneous fashion.