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These small group study notes on the book of 2nd Corinthians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, lessons to learn, and applications. Feel free to print them, copy them, or share them. I only ask that you remember these are are personal study notes and are only meant as a supplement to your own study, not a replacement. May God be glorified! Visit our inductive Bible study main page for more studies on this and other books of the Bible. See the bottom of the page for the rest of the study on 2 Corinthians 6.
2 Corinthians 6:6-13 Inductive Bible Study - Outline, Key Words, Cross References, and Discussion Questions
2 Cor 6:6-13
6 in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, 8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as
deceivers and yet true; 9 as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, 10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
11 Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. 12 You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. 13 Now in a like exchange — I speak as to children — open wide to us also.
· In 10
· As 9
· Open 2
· Yet 7
· Restrained 2
· Speak/Spoken 2
· Mouth 1
· Heart 1
Contrasts in a Believer
Ways to be a Servant
Opening Wide your Heart
I. Ways to Serve 6-7
II. Seeming Paradoxes 8-10
III. Freely Given 11
IV. Like Kind Response 12-13
Cross References, Questions, Observations
6 in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love,
1 Thess 2:10
10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers;
7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds,with purity in doctrine, dignified,
27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left,
2 Cor 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.
2 Tim 4:7
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;
14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
1 Sam 17:39-40
39 David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, "I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them." And David took them off. 40 He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd's bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine.
1 Sam 17:45
45 Then David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted.
3 "You shall march around the city, all the men of war circling the city once. You shall do so for six days. 4 "Also seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark; then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times , and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 "It shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will go up every man straight ahead."
So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 When the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing, and cried, "A sword for the LORD and for Gideo!" 21 Each stood in his place around the camp; and all the army ran, crying out as they fled. 22 When they blew 300 trumpets, the LORD set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army; and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the edge of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.
a) What are the weapons of righteousness?
8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true;
26 "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.
12 There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; some were saying, "He is a good man"; others were saying, "No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray."
1 Cor 9:2
2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
2 Cor 11:14
14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
9 as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death,
4 "So then, all Jews know my manner of life from my youth up, which from the beginning was spent among my own nation and at Jerusalem;
22 I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ;
24 "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
26 " If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
2 Cor 11:23-27
23 Are they servants of Christ? — I speak as if insane — I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often indanger of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
2 Cor 8:8-9
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.
12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
29 Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms , for My sake and for the gospel's sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms , along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.
8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
1 Tim 6:18
18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
5 Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
5 "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
11 Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide.
2 Cor 12:15
15 I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.
a) What can we do to open our hearts wide to others?
12 You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections.
2 Cor 11:8-9
8 I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; 9 and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.
1 Cor 13:7
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
a) Why were the Corinthians restrained?
13 Now in a like exchange — I speak as to children — open wide to us also.
8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give
2 Cor 8:2-5
3 For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, 4 begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, 5 and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
11 Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide.
To effectively minister, I need to pour out my life.
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