Preacher: Alan Cameron
Verses: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Paul had an ambivalent relationship with the church at Corinth. Having established the church on his second missionary journey in the early 50’s AD, he had written both 1st Corinthians as well as a ‘painful’ letter prior to writing what is known as 2 Corinthians. The church had all but turned its back on Paul. False teachers, so-called ‘super-apostles’, had infiltrated the church. Carrying letters of authority from dubious sources they had won the allegiance of most of the house churches in and around Corinth. Trained orators, they dismissed Paul as ineffective and ‘wishy washy’ who failed to deliver on his promises. He said one thing and did another. His travel plans were suspect and his authority questionable. So Paul responds. His motive is not so much to vindicate himself rather to defend the gospel which had been compromised through false teaching which promoted legalism that led ironically to license, loose living and sexual immorality.