"Introduction to 2 Corinthians Series"
ALL believers called to serve Christ though with differing roles and responsibilities. But what does that mean in reality? What after all is “Christian ministry”?
Sometimes we think and talk idealistically about life, and this includes how we think and speak about Christian ministry, whether that ministry be home-based in a church or Christian organisation, or on a mission field. Deep within our hearts we hold on to a hope that everything will work out well for us, without our experiencing too many hassles. And that way of thinking influences how we pray.
However, that’s not the way it works out in real life, including in Christian ministry and mission work. Too many of us are caught by surprise, unprepared for the unexpected challenges.
Two introductory comments concerning Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian believers:
- Firstly, here is Paul’s most personal letter, written right from the heart. It takes us back stage allowing us to gain a clearer picture of what we all will face as we serve Christ.
- Secondly, Paul writes in an open, transparent and honest manner to these believers. For us this letter provides much encouragement because we cannot avoid some of the very same difficulties and pressures in our Christian service.
My prayer for you is that God will encourage you as you read and reflect upon several ministry themes from Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthian church. Open your hearts to God’s Spirit. He waits to speak to all of us who have ears to hear and an open heart to receive His Word.
Pastor Graham Roberts
Equip & Encourage International
Ministry at the Evangelical Institute, Greenville, South Carolina, USA