A Change of Plans?
Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:12–1:22
Have you ever had your integrity questioned? That is not a pleasant experience, especially when you are in the middle of helping others. That was Paul’s experience with some in the church at Corinth – the majority of the church was supportive of and loved Paul, but some were more focused on a struggle for power than the gospel. They used the difficulties in Paul’s life and asked about “A Change in Plans?” an opportunity to attack Paul. They intimated that Paul did not care about the Corinthians and that he was double-minded. Paul defended his ministry and pointed the Corinthians to the certainty of the promises of the gospel in Jesus Christ. He wanted them to be encouraged and to know that Christ had established both Paul and them through His finished work (2 Corinthians 1:12-22).
I. Integrity in the Gospel
II. Yes in the Gospel
III. Encouragement in the Gospel
Questions for consideration: (1) Have you ever had someone challenge your integrity? How did you respond? Why did you respond? (2) What does Paul mean when he says it is “always yes” in Jesus? How does that truth affect you? (3) Paul lists encouragements in the gospel at the end of this passage. Where do you see those encouragements in your life?