Power in Weakness (2 Corinthians)

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.