From the dust jacket:
If you are looking
for a series of studies that expose the heart of Paul and go straight to the root of
what a Christian's life is all about, thenMinistering Obedience to Christ isa
book for you. The emotional
exhortations of Second Corinthians are quite different from the logical argumentation of Romans. Here Paul
provides practical insights both to
Christians and to congregations about matters that range from
"Spiritual Comfort" to "Merchandising the Church."
Second Corinthians is a neglected book. We extend, therefore, our appreciation to those who wrote these
lectures for preparing the way for our own
independent study of this magnificent
letter. And, as we read the book they have produced, we will be thrilled by the majestic description of
"Triumph in Christ," deeply touched
by the plea to "Penitent Christians," humbled by the study of Paul's thorn in the flesh, and filled with awe
by the striking description of God's "Divine Jealousy." Indeed,
there are many excellent expositions of scripture in this volume.
The "ministry" discussed in this book not only
includes the work of apostles and preachers
of the first century but also embraces many ordinary aspects of the
Christian's life of service. For example, the "ministry"
of giving comfort to the down trodden and broken hearted is included in
the term. ThusMinistering Obedience to Christis a book for everyone.
I hope you will enjoy your study of Second
Corinthians and, especially, the help this
book provides. The writers have undertaken a labor of love so that those who attended the Lectureship might be able
to take the gist of the speeches home with them, and so that others who could not attend might benefit by
reading what they have written.