Our God of Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:1-11)

The book of 2 Corinthians is a frequently avoided book, especially when it comes to teaching, because it is often assumed that the purpose of the book is Paul’s defense of his apostleship. Since we all think that Paul is an apostle, then we really do not need to study the book. People typically pay attention to only two sections of the book: chapters 8-9 about being cheerful givers and chapter 12 about Paul’s thorn in the flesh. But this book by the apostle Paul has far more to offer than teaching us how to give and how to suffer. Paul is going to teach and build up the faith of these Corinthian Christians by opening his heart and his life to them. Listen to how Paul makes this point at the end of his letter.

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