2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness

Honour in Service

We carry on with our studies in 2 Corinthians this week, with Chris looking at how Paul looks at the honour that is given to those in service to God. We thought a couple of weeks ago at how we are called to be ambassadors for Christ and in this passage Paul initially paints what on the surface is a not-very-inviting picture of what this may entail, but reminds us that our goal is ultimately to live for God and be set apart as his holy people. We are looked on kindly by God because of our sufferings, not in spite of them.

Andy leads the rest of the service with a rare sporting analogy that may very well be less relevant by about 10pm tonight (14th July) than it was this morning whilst Lynne and Dave lead our sung worship.

Reconciliation in Christ

Our series in 2 Corinthians continues with Chris speaking on chapters 4 and 5. In these two chapters Paul sets out the reasoning for his ministry, why he feels called to do what he did and preach the way that he does. We particularly focus on they way that Paul is called to preach reconciliation through Jesus and how as Christians we are ambassador’s of God’s coming kingdom here on Earth.

Ant leads the rest of the service with some reflections on his time away at Sizewell last week, whist Pete and Nick lead our sung worship.

Freedom in the Spirit

We continue our new series in 2 Corinthians, looking at the passages which directly surround our year text for this year. Chris speaks on Paul’s writings about his visit to Troas where – unexpectedly to Paul – God opened a door to the gospel being preached there, and his later reflections on where his authority comes from and the difference in attitudes people who follow the old or new covenants have. All this leads to our year text, and the crux of Paul’s message: it is only through the Spirit of God that we can find true freedom.

Andy leads the rest of the service whilst Pete and Nick lead our sung worship.

Comfort in Trouble

We start a new series this week looking at Paul’s second published (third overall) letter to the Corinthians. Paul finds himself writing to a deeply troubled church, his previous visit had not been particularly well recieved and Paul himself had recently been under extreme pressure during his time in what we would now call modern-day Turkey. As such, he writes in his opening passages about God’s comfort. As Christians we are not promised a trouble-free life – quite the opposite in fact! – but we are reassured that God has anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, put his Spirit in our hearts and will ultimately make us stand firm in Christ.

Susan leads the rest of the service whilst Lynne and Dave lead our sung worship.