Giving to the Cause of Christ

READ : 2 Corinthians 6-10 Paul was a great missionary and theologian; he was also a great fund-raiser. Christians in Jerusalem are starving, and Paul seeks to raise funds to help them. After speaking about his feelings for them, he tells them of this need. They are in Achaia (southern Greece). He tells them of the generosity of the Christians in Macedonia (northern Greece). He sees this fund as an opportunity for the Corinthian Christians to show that they love …

Problems Continue

READ : 2 Corinthians 1-5 After writing 1 Corinthians, Paul sent Timothy to straighten out the problems. Hearing that they persisted, he made a quick visit himself. He then probably sent a severe letter to them, followed by a visit from Titus. Having heard from Titus that there was improvement, he writes 2 Corinthians. Problems in churches do not disappear easily; they require much loving patient work. Let us commit ourselves to such work that truth and love may abound …

Raised from the Dead

READ : 1 Corinthians 15-16 Greek philosophers thought of the body as a prison from which the soul needed to be freed. They had difficulty with God’s plan, that the soul should inhabit a perfect body forever. Even after becoming Christians, many Greeks had a problem with this. Paul tries to convince them by reminding them that the resurrection of Christ is the foundation for our salvation. Resurrection, therefore, must be good. While the new body will in many ways …

Gifts of the Spirit

READ : 1 Corinthians 12-14 In the Corinthian church, the gift of speaking in tongues was being given too great a place of prominence, so Paul gently emphasizes that other gifts, ones much less spectacular, are more important. The church is like a human body. As the body has different parts, so members of the church have different gifts. A person with one gift is not to look down on a person who has a different gift. A person with …

Concern for Others

READ : 1 Corinthians 8-11 As Paul deals with one problem after another, a common theme runs through his writings—concern for others. Idols represent gods which do not in reality exist; so if meat has been dedicated to them in the market place, what difference does it make? But if a church member has been so steeped in idolatry that he cannot separate the meat from the idol, then he shouldn’t eat meat, lest he shake his fellow believer’s faith. …