Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Corinthians 13:5–13:13
When problems arise in the church, it is often best to return to the basics. That is what Paul advises the Corinthians in their struggles, conflict, and sin. He tells them to examine themselves – to see the evidence of Christ’s work in their lives. When they see that, they will be assured that the Lord has not and will not abandon them. That is also the greatest evidence of Paul’s authority and ministry. Paul brought them to Jesus, and if they now know Jesus, the validates Paul’s work. Paul also advises them to press on, living out the Christian life as God has set forth in His Word. Obeying God’s commands is powerful proof of true and living faith. And then finally Paul encourages them to unity and restoration. It is not enough that we grow as individual believers; we must seek the growth and health of the church as a whole. All of this is what it means to “Examine Yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5-13).