Paul is writing to a church that has become adverse to him. And the reason it's become adverse to him is because these leaders have crept into the church and they've preached a different message, a different Jesus.
The Apostle Paul contrasts his life and that of those in Corinth that would seek to distort the Gospel. Paul boasts not of his greatness and success, but of his suffering for the cause of Christ. For it is humility that is a result of abiding in Christ. Pride or boasting are contrary to the message of Christ.
Paul is going to deal with the heresy that's taught by religious leaders in the Church of Corinth that's brought really destruction into the church and hurt their relationship with the apostle Paul and more importantly, with God.
Today we examine Godly leadership. Each of us has the opportunity to influence those around us. Sometimes we can become fixated on what we think our calling is, but are we following our own ideas or submitting to God’s plan for us?
Discusses the themes of grace in adversity, sacrificial serving, and faithful generosity, as taught by Paul. It emphasizes the importance of demonstrating genuine love through actions, especially in challenging times. Encourages believers to live generously and selflessly, mirroring Christ’s example, and highlights how such a lifestyle reflects a deep understanding of the gospel and enriches one's life.
In today's passage the Apostle Paul tackles the issue of conflict in relationships. This is a fact of life that we all face. During conflict we can reflect on the power of the Gospel and how it can transform our relationships.
When the Apostle Paul says, "Do not be mismatched with unbelievers" what does he mean? Is he just talking about marriage? Today, we examine a larger point he’s making about our position in our community.
God has a mission for us in this world, to connect and serve those around us, like Jesus did. As we remain on mission for Him, we have a place to rest in His security, so we can withstand whatever the world throws at us.
Explores Paul's steadfast commitment to preaching the gospel despite opposition. It highlights how Paul and Timothy reject deceitful practices, focusing instead on the open declaration of truth. Underscores the battle against spiritual blindness, emphasizing Jesus as the manifestation of God's glory and the light of the gospel.
Do you feel like you never quite live up to religious expectations? That if you could just work a little bit more you can be good enough? The Apostle Paul confronts this way of thinking and reminds us that we can only find true freedom in Jesus.
The sense of smell can invoke memories and emotional reactions. In today's passage Paul reminds us of how we are to be the pleasing aroma of Christ in this world. We need to be people of sincerity, sharing the love of Jesus with those around us.
We're beginning a new series in 2nd Corinthians and how God's power is made evident in our weaknesses. The Christian walk can feel like a struggle at time, but we can find strength by surrendering our weakness and struggles to Christ.