Simplicity, Purity, Devotion

In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul continues to distinguish between God’s pathways to spiritual greatness and fleshly motives rooted in self-promotion and outward appearances. In his study this week, Pastor Evan Brown exhorts us to apply Paul’s statement, “the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ,” as a litmus test for our own (and others’) motives and actions. If in the name of ministry we deviate from the simple, pure message of the Gospel, we miss a defining characteristic of God’s purposes for us. In this chapter we discover that some of Paul’s readers had become “devoted” to mindsets that seemed right to them, but missed the heart of the Gospel message--and led them to harbor malice in their hearts towards Paul. In spite of this, Paul continues to appeal to and serve the very people who question and criticize him. 

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