Corinthians

Opposition

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Often we think that if there is opposition to our ministry, we should tone it down or perhaps withdraw. Paul faced much opposition in his ministry.

Here’s what he shared with the Corinthians:

But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. (1 Cor. 16:8-9)

Paul had a wide open door for ministry. Many people were being served, equipped and sent out. Yet the opposition was severe. Paul was not intimidated. He kept at it by the grace of the Lord.​

Take a moment to reflect on this passage.

  1. What door has the Lord opened for you?
  2. Who are the adversaries?
  3. How does the Lord want you to respond?

 

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Wisdom

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Last week I began a slow journey through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. They were a fleshly group of people who melded their faith in Christ with many values from the culture – wisdom being one of them. Take a moment to read Paul’s words.

“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;” (1 Cor. 2:1-6)

Consider these questions:​

  1. How do you evaluate a speaker or one who ministers in the name of Jesus?
  2. How does Paul suggest we should evaluate them?
  3. In your ministry, what do you rely on?

Take a moment to offer your thoughts and reflections to the Lord.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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