This Is the New Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we move from the Gospels and Acts into the Pauline Epistles.
What Is 2 Corinthians? Second Corinthians was written during Paul’s third missionary journey. In his second letter to the Corinthian church, Paul defends his ministry as an apostle and describes how Satan has opposed the work of the gospel. He also expresses his joy over the church’s restoration after troubling conflict.
How 2 Corinthians Fits Into the Story: Second Corinthians contains some of Paul’s most direct teaching about his role as a pastor. This letter gives a biblical understanding of ministry, the work of God’s people. It explains that God is reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, and we are invited to participate in this ongoing act of reconciliation. It also teaches that true ministry in Christ’s name will encounter opposition and suffering, as well as victory.
1. What does Paul mean when he says God’s power is made perfect in weakness? In what ways has God’s strength been demonstrated through your own weaknesses?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.