How would you feel if someone told you that you completely failed? In your job? In parenting? On a project? A test? Think about the what you have been investing your life in recently. What if someone close to you, a best friend maybe, took a look at your work and said “you’ve completely failed.”
That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
Have you ever had an experience like that? How did it feel? Did it go over well?
On Sunday we’ll be looking at the next section in 1st Corinthians, and “you’ve completely failed” is pretty much what Paul says to the Christians. As I’ve said before, you can see why some people don’t like Paul very much. But the surprising thing about this bold apostle is that his words almost always go deeper than that what we glean from a first or second reading. I hope that’s the case on Sunday too!
So why would Paul say something so devastating to people that he says he loves? He was the one who, 5-6 years before writing them, had spent 18 months with them, teaching them, beginning a new church with them.
What was this “complete failure”?
If you could evaluate a church as having been a complete failure, what are some of the reasons that would cause you to say that? We’ll find out why Paul said this to the church at Corinth on Sunday. Or get a preview for yourself by reading 1 Corinthians 6:1-8.