May 9, 2021
2 CORINTHIANS 6-8
DAY 127: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
In today’s journey through 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks of his hardships in faith, warns against idolatry, praises the church at Corinth for their growth, and encourages a collection for the Lord’s people.
Ask God for His understanding fo 2 Corinthians 6-8. Read 2 Corinthians 6-8. 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 6-8: There is a change in the church at Corinth. The Apostle Paul speaks to them regarding his hardships, to teach them that they too, as Christians, will experience challenges and hardships during their Christian journey. He speaks to them about marrying non-believers, which is the topic of our focus verse for today. Paul expresses great joy over the repentance of the fellowship of believers at Corinth. Paul asks them to take a collection for the Lord’s people. (2 Corinthians 6:1-8:24)
After you read chapters 6 through 8, 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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