An Outline of II Corinthians


I.         Greetings (II Corinthians 1:1-2)

II.        The past - Paul’s joy and affliction

            A.        Paul’s comfort in afflictions (II Corinthians 1:3-11)

            B.        Paul’s change in travel plans (II Corinthians 1:12-2:13)

            C.        Paul’s service

                        1.         Fragrant sacrifice (II Corinthians 2:14-17)

                        2.         Life changing (II Corinthians 3:1-4)

                        3.         Glorious message (II Corinthians 3:5-18)

                        4.         Sincere (II Corinthians 4:1-10)

                        5.         Life from death (II Corinthians 4:11-15)

                        6.         Hope in eternal life (II Corinthians 4:16-5:5)

                        7.         Courage in Judgment (II Corinthians 5:6-11)

                        8.         Confidence in impact (II Corinthians 5:12-16)

                        9.         A message of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:17-19)

                        10.       Blameless ambassadors (II Corinthians 5:20-6:10)

                        11.       Hearts open to the message (II Corinthians 6:11-7:1)

            D.        Paul’s affliction in Macedonia and his comfort from Titus (II Corinthians 7:2-16)

III.       The present - The collection for the saints

            A.        The Macedonian’s gift (II Corinthians 8:1-9)

            B.        The Corinthian’s gift (II Corinthians 8:10-15)

            C.        Delivery of the gift (II Corinthians 8:16-24)

            D.        Impact of the gift (II Corinthians 9:1-15)

IV.      The future

            A.        Paul’s defense against detractors

                        1.         Paul’s authority (II Corinthians 10:1-18)

                        2.         Difference between true and false apostles (II Corinthians 11:1-15)

                        3.         Paul’s boasting

                                    a.         His sufferings (II Corinthians 11:16-33)

                                    b.         His visions (II Corinthians 12:1-6)

                                    c.         His Lord (II Corinthians 12:7-10)

                        4.         Signs of an apostle (II Corinthians 12:11-13)

            B.        Paul’s next visit (II Corinthians 12:14-13:10)

V.        Benediction (II Corinthians 13:11-14)