But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4: 7
But [the Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12: 9
Passionate, heartfelt and occasionally explosive, 2 Corinthians is the most emotional of all Paul’s letters. The Apostle’s heart is laid bare as we see his unceasing care and love for the Christians in Corinth, the pain caused to him by their wanderings and waverings, and his disdain for the false teachers seeking to corrupt the Corinthian church.
Through the positive example of Paul’s costly and selfless service, and the negative example of the self-appointed ‘super apostles’ in the second half of the book, we learn about the true nature of authentic gospel ministry. The gospel is not advanced by guarantees of wealth and health, or through the flashiness or brashness of leaders, but through Christ’s power displayed in the weakness and suffering of his people. In a message which is as counter-cultural in our day as when Paul wrote this letter almost 2000 years ago, when God’s people boast, they are to boast in their weakness and God’s power.
This letter therefore has much to teach us about what true Christian ministry looks like, and what life looks like as a follower of Jesus in response. Join us on Sunday evenings as we journey through this wonderful book of the Bible together!
|16th February||The God of all Comfort||2 Corinthians 1: 1 – 11|
|23rd February||Integrity and Forgiveness||2 Corinthians 1: 12 – 2: 11|
|1st March||New Covenant Ministry||2 Corinthians 2: 12 – 3: 6|
|8th March||New Covenant Glory||2 Corinthians 3: 7 – 18|