Bible Study: Living Uncommon

Pastor Don Mossman

Study on 2 Corinthians 4:7 – 5:1

Is there a theme you can develop from the above Scripture?

2 Cor. 4:7:  What’s this “jars of clay” reference all about?  Isaiah 64:8.

2 Cor. 4:13: “Since we have the same spirit of faith…”  What is Paul implying here?  Ps. 116:10; Romans 1:1-4.

  • 106:12 – Why do Lutherans sing so much? Martin Franzmann once said, “Theology is doxology.  Theology must sing.”   What does he mean by this?  Someone once said theology must be given a voice, and that the lips, not the pen, are the best instruments of theological expression.  Do you agree?  Reason why?  Can’t theology just remain in books?
  • Does theology find a home in our Divine Services (LSB)? In what way?  Liturgy: confession/absolution, lessons, sermon, prayers, sacraments, etc.
  • All communions in Christendom have their own distinctive hymnody? Why is this?  Do their songs mirror their theology?

2 Cor. 4:14-15: Paul grounds his hope on two things.  What are they?

  • Who does Paul include in the promise of the resurrection?

2 Cor. 4:16-17:  “So we do not lose heart.”  Why shouldn’t we lose heart?  Don’t we have reason enough to do so?  Synonyms for “lose heart”?

  • What is/are the comparison(s) here? How can anything “prepare” us for the future?
  • Why is Paul here using words to describe that which cannot be described with words?

2 Cor.4:18-5:1:  What is being compared here?

  • What are things that are referred to as “seen”? “Unseen”?
  • “We have a building from God…”   Hebrews 11:9-10; John 14:2-3; 1 Cor. 3:9,16

Do others benefit by our suffering?  Explain and give an example?

djm: 6/10/18

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