Tough topics are tackled in the book of 2 Corinthians. In his letter to the church in the city of Corinth, the Apostle Paul writes about suffering in the Christian life, repentance, reconciliation, and generosity, among other serious issues this church was facing. Join us as we explore what this book means to us today.
Read 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Paul doesn't provide details about the troubles they experienced in Asia, except that they believed they were going to die and realized they could do nothing to help themselves. All they had to rely on was their hope in God.
Have you ever experienced a time when you had no one else to rely on except God? Do troubles and problems drive you toward God or away from him?