Sermon by The Rev. Christopher W. Hogin
Sunday, February 11, 2018
“In this letter, he is trying to undo a message given to the community by a group of people known as “super apostles.” These so-called super apostles came into the community of Corinth and preached a gospel far different from Paul. They believed no one should suffer in life. Paul says no. He says the gospel is about the cross, and the cross communicates that pain and suffering come before resurrection. It’s part of the deal, so much so that God walked among us through Jesus. If God experiences suffering before resurrection, so will we.” From The Rev. Christopher Hogin’s sermon on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
The Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.