May 16, 2021, DAY 134: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: 2 Corinthians 9-10

May 16, 2021


In our journey today, Paul speaks to the Corinthian church about a giving and defends his ministry to them.

Ask God for His meaning of 2 Corinthians 9-10. Read 2 Corinthians 9-10. Let’s journey!

Corinth was a major port city, with many temples to false gods. It was also a rather wealthy city, and known for its immorality. In Acts 18, we read about Paul helping to form the church in Corinth. He remained with them about 18 months before moving on to continue his missionary work elsewhere. While in Ephesus, Paul received reports that there were problems, big problems in the church at Corinth, prompting his first letter, known to us as 1 Corinthians. Although called 2 Corinthians, this is actually Paul’s third letter to them. As Paul’s first letter did not have the desired effect, Paul made a “painful” and urgent visit to the church, which also did not go well. Paul sent a second letter (since lost to us) that was well received by the church, leading to reconciliation between Paul and the Corinthian church. This letter reassure the Corinthian church of Paul’s love for them and addresses several misconceptions the Corinthians have regarding what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 9-10: In today’s reading, the Apostle Paul addresses the church at Corinth about giving, noting that giving should be cheerfully done. Many times, when we speak of cheerful giving, people think of dropping money in an offering plate, with joy in their hearts and not grumbling. While this is a perfectly acceptable image, it is not the only one. We are to also give of ourselves – our time, energy, and talents, using them in a way that glorifies the Lord. The Apostle Paul explains his ministry to the church at Corinth. (2 Corinthians 9:1-10:18)

After you read chapters 9 and 10, consider the following: What misconception is Paul addressing? In your own words, summarize what Paul is saying to correct the misconception. Is the misconception still present today? In what way?


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