The life of an apostle

2 Corinthians Bible Background

09.20.2016 – New Testament: 2Co 11.26–28

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Corinthians 11.16–33 on September 20, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Every preacher will experience persecution. However, as the first preachers, the apostles experienced a level of persecution that is hard to comprehend. For example, Paul experienced whippings, prisons, encounters with death, rod beatings, a stoning, shipwreck, lost at sea in the water, and then he added,

…in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches (2 Corinthians 11.26–28). 

The vast majority of men in the church will not even consider being a preacher, because they do not like the life of a preacher. True, you will not make as much money as you could in the world, and you will experience persecution, but probably not to the degree that the apostles did.

Questions:

  • What is Christ and the church worth to you?
  • Are you willing to suffer for the truth?
  • How far are you willing to go in committing yourself to following Jesus Christ?

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