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Paul Kim: Strong Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:1-16)
Paul Kim, founder and pastor of Forest Community Church in Plano, Texas, pointed to encouragement found in Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church. He described the prosperity and hedonism of the ancient city of Corinth and the tension among the Christians there. Paul addressed that tension with pastoral comfort, which for Paul was more about strength than it was about soothing.
Paul refers to comfort, because he was upset with the Corinthian church. His comfort is from God, given to Christians to give to others who are struggling and in need. Giving God’s strengthening comfort is an act of Christian love, characterized by self-sacrifice.
This sermon was delivered by Zoom on Sept. 20, 2020, for the morning worship service of Forest Community Church in Plano, as the first in a series on 2 Corinthians titled “High Truths in Hard Times.”
A sermon script is available here.