APOSTOLIC SERVICE



IN THIS LETTER, PAUL REVEALS THE HEART OF HIS MINISTRY AS AN APOSTLE. PAUL WAS GOD'S SPECIAL MESSENGER FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND NURTURE OF CHURCHES. HIS SERVICE WAS MARKED BY SERIOUSNESS AND SINCERITY, AND HIS MESSAGE RAISES LIFE AND DEATH ISSUES. AS A PIONEER MISSIONARY, HE TOOK THE GOOD NEWS TO PLACES WHERE CHRIST'S NAME WAS NOT YET KNOWN (ROM 15:17-21)

PAUL'S MESSAGE OF GOOD NEWS IS CLEAR AND INCISIVE, AND IT WAS BACKED UP AND ILLUSTRATED BY HIS LIFE. ALL PREACHERS ARE CALLED TO BE PERSONS OF INTEGRITY (2 COR. 2:17; 4:2). AS PAUL CARRIED THE PRECIOUS MESSAGE, THE CROSS OF JESUS WAS BOTH THE FOUNDATION OF HIS FAITH AND THE PATTERN FOR HIS MINISTRY TO OTHERS.


PAUL'S AUTHORITY WAS APPARENTLY DISPUTED, SO HE NEEDED TO OFFER A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF HOW GOD HAD CALLED HIM AS AN APOSTLE AND ESTABLISHED HIS MINISTRY AT CORINTH (2COR. 10:12-18). FOR THOSE WHO DEMANDED PROOF OF PAUL'S CREDENTIALS (2 COR. 13:3) AND WHO CRITICIZED HIS WEAKNESS, HE SIMPLY POINTED TO THE CROSS OF JESUS AND TO THE LESSONS HE HAD LEARNED FROM IT. PAUL NEEDED DIVINE GRACE TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WORK, BEING ONLY TOO CONSCIOUS OF HIS OWN LIMITATIONS AND HARDSHIPS. TRUE APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY EXPRESSES ITSELF IN HUMAN WEAKNESS REINFORCED BY DIVINE STRENGTH(2 COR. 12:2-3).

PAUL ALSO HAD THE MIRACULOUS WORKS TO VERIFY HIS CLAIM TO APOSTLESHIP. THESE WORKS IMPRESSED THE CORINTHIANS, BUT THEY WERE APPARENTLY NOT ENOUGH FOR THE YOUNG CHUCH. PAUL EXERCISED HIS MINISTRY "PATIENTLY", NOT GIVING UP WHEN THE CORINTHIANS WERE DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH. THIS TRAIT COMES FROM JESUS, WHOSE ENTIRE EARTHLY MINISTRY WAS MARKED BY ENDURANCE (HEB 12:2-3). PAUL'S PERSISTENCE WITH AWKWARD PEOPLE LIKE THE CORINTHIANS IS A SURE SIGN OF HIS CALLING FROM GOD.

PAUL'S EXAMPLE IS A LESSON FOR ALL THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN CHRISTIAN SERVICE:

1. CHRISTIAN LEADERS SHOULD TAKE CRITICISM AS A SUMMONS TO SELF- EXAMINATION, TO SEE IF ANY ACCUSATION IS WELL- FOUNDED.

2. CHRISTIAN LEADER SHOULD BE PATIENT, AS PAUL WAS IN HIS CONCERN FOR THE CHURCHES.

3. THERE IS A PLACE FOR REASONED DEFENSE AND EXPLANATION OF ONE'S MOTIVES, SUCH AS PAUL ADOPTED, AT THE SAME TIME, PAUL KNEW THAT THE LORD WAS HIS ULTIMATE AND TRUE JUDGE (1 COR 4:1-5)

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