A challenging study guide for individuals or small groups based on 2 Corinthians 2-7, showing the secrets of Paul's ministry, the costs and the rewards. Strength through weakness, power through frailty, life through death, blessing through sacrifice, and glory through suffering - this is the Rhythm of the Gospel that Paul preaches in 2 Corinthians 2-7. Philip Hacking takes a detailed look at these verses and challenges us not just to believe and accept the gospel but to live it out. This means living lives that present the urgency and compassion of the gospel, preaching messages that preserve its integrity, and persevering though hard-ships and trials because of the hope of the gospel. As we read Paul opens his heart. He shares the loneliness of ministry and the pain of being misunderstood. But he also reveals the key to keeping on going and being focused. To know what spurred Paul on, what made him joyful in the darkest days, you need to study these chapters. You'll find that it is not just a history lesson but God speaking across the centuries, inviting you to share the timeless gospel message and the powerful ministry of reconciliation. This study guide aims to take God's word and bring it alive for modern readers. It provides you with a commentary on the text and questions to help you understand and apply what you've learned. It can be used by individuals or by small groups; it suggests icebreakers, case studies to discuss and ideas for further study.
About the Author
Philip Hacking is a retired Anglican minister, vicar of Christ Church Fulwood, Sheffield, for almost thirty years and rector of St Thomas's Edinburgh for the previous ten years. He is former chairman of the Keswick Convention, of Word Alive (Spring Harvest) and of Reform (action group within the Church of England). He is married to Margaret with two children and five grandchildren. In retirement, he has a wide itinerant preaching ministry and is an occasional author.