Introduction to 2 Corinthians:

 

Turns out that 2 Corinthians is a far cry from the first letter we have from Paul to the followers of Jesus Christ in Corinth.  In 1 Corinthians, we can almost hear Paul shouting and scolding, yelling and carrying on towards a recalcitrant bunch.  It’s true, he says some encouraging things to them (you have every spiritual gift, as an example), but he doesn’t hold anything back. 

The letter we will be studying together comes from a pastor’s heart.  As he wraps up his letter, Paul says this: “10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority – the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.” (Ch.13)

Sure, he says he has been harsh.  Especially in light of his previous letter, he hasn’t been all that harsh.  That he was willing to send them at least two lengthy letters is ample evidence of his care for them.  What I see is a pastor who is concerned for the building up of the Church God called him to plant, to lead and to provide leadership for.

Topics in this series.

Family; Tough Love; Treasures in Jars; Idols and Distractions; Divine Power; Veiled Gospel; Ambassadors of Reconciliation;
Generosity; Jesus is the Way.