Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Corinthians 3:1–3:3
How do we measure success? This is a difficult task, but it is perhaps most difficult in the realm of evangelism and ministry. Should we look at metrics such as the number of converts or the size of a church? Or perhaps we should look at the satisfaction expressed by people in the church? The problem with these measurements is that the work of the ministry is spiritual, not material. It is a work done by God, not by man. The Apostle Paul understood this, and he wanted to make sure that the Corinthians knew it also. As he opens up a section of this letter on new covenant ministry, Paul describes how he does not need letters of reference – the Corinthian believers themselves are his “Commendation” (2 Corinthians 3:1-3).
I. Reputation (3:1)
II. Relationship (3:2)
III. Rebirth (3:3)
Questions for consideration: (1) Why is it important for Christians to have a good reputation? What have you done to show a good reputation in your community? (2) Why are relationships so important to the spread of the gospel? (3) What is the purpose of Christian ministry? How do Paul’s comments in this passage help you to understand that?