Presentation on theme: "2 Corinthians 1:1-11 Handling hardship and opposition."— Presentation transcript:
2 Corinthians 1:1-11 Handling hardship and opposition
Overview Background Paul’s introduction to the letter Paul’s hardships and God’s comfort God is sufficient So what?
2 Corinthians 1: 1-11 Corinth: important Greek centre – Immoral and lots of problems in the church – 1 st letter: Paul had to correct many errors False apostles had entered the church – Challenged Paul’s personal integrity – Challenged Paul’s Apostolic authority Significant to notice Paul’s introduction Paul’s love and concern
The introduction: 1-2 Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God – Paul does not exercise his authority – He accepts his God given responsibility To the church of God – Paul treasures them as the Lord’s people Grace and peace to you – Often used expression – Paul blesses them
Paul’s troubles: 3-7 Paul faced opposition and troubles – Extreme difficulties which took their toll Paul happy to suffer for the gospel God brings comfort in suffering We should follow godly examples Paul’s attitude to his suffering – Improve his ministry
God is sufficient: 8-11 They were under great pressure Rely only on God God is faithful and will continue to deliver Prayers help Prayers answered
So what? Are we willing to challenge error and be challenged? Do we make our leader’s job easy or hard? Are we ready to face opposition and criticism for Christ? Are we gracious, loving, humble and prayerful when we are opposed and criticised? Do we look to God for comfort and strength when we face difficulty? Do we see our difficulties as an opportunity to grow personally and in our ministry to each other? Do we rely solely on the Lord? Do we understand, believe and embrace the power of prayer?