By R. Kent Hughes
In the course of Paul's ministry, Corinth was once a newly rebuilt, bustling, vital urban within the Roman Empire. It used to be a spot filled with satisfaction, individualism, wealth, and spiritual pluralism. No ask yourself its population held little regard for Paul's message! Sound well-known? Our modern tradition has a lot in universal with historic Corinth. The relevance of this publication to church buildings this present day is surprising. Paul provides strong theology that turns the values of the traditional Roman global upside-down-the grace of God, the centrality of the pass, and God's strength made ideal in weak point. He demanding situations us to dwell counterculturally. during this remark on 2 Corinthians, Pastor R. Kent Hughes conscientiously examines this letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, carrying on with to supply wealthy biblical perception for the physique of Christ.
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Extra resources for 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness (Preaching the Word)
Again, this poor excluded man understood the mountainous doctrine of the church. And he could not bear to live apart from the beneﬁts and comforts of the Body of Christ. He feared for his own soul. How unlike some people I have encountered over the years who blithely brushed off church discipline and traveled a few miles to another church where they continued on without history and accountability and fear of God — in pursuit of the ostensibly “Christian” life. The irony is that in fearing nothing they may well meet an end not unlike that of Korah.
My pastoral mentor, Verl Lindley, who is now retired after fifty years of ministry, was asleep one night when his wife, Lois, awoke to find him hunched up on his hands and knees at the foot of the bed. His arms were cupped as if he was embracing something, and he was muttering. She cried, “Verl! ” “Shhh,” he answered, still asleep. ” The classic pastoral nightmare. There were a lot of marbles at stake for Paul because he realized that if matters didn’t get straightened out in Corinth, the future of that whole apostolic church was jeopardized.
The initial installment guarantees the full inheritance to come. This dazzling triad of the Spirit’s work in establishing them together in Christ would thrill any earnest Corinthian and demonstrates how foolish the criticism of Paul was. After all, it was Paul’s preaching that enabled INTEGRITY AND MINISTRY / 2 CORINTHIANS 1:12 — 2:4 43 them to be established in Christ. Rather than criticism, they all ought to be thanking Paul for his integrity of heart. AGAIN, PAUL’S INTEGRITY IN CHANGING PLANS (1:23 — 2:4) Remember, Paul’s supposed vacillation (and lack of integrity) had come to the fore because he didn’t pay a second visit to the Corinthians as he had promised.
2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes