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February 21, 2021

    Guarding the Truth

    Paul told people in Corinth about Jesus. Many people believed the good news, and they met together as a church. But when Paul left, he heard the people were not following Jesus like they should. They were listening to new teachers who told them things that were not true. Paul was upset, so he wrote a letter to the Corinthian church.

    “Listen,” Paul wrote, “I care about you. I want you to follow Jesus and remember what He has done.” The people had been tricked by the new teachers, like Eve was tricked by the snake in the garden of Eden. Eve had believed the snake’s lie, and she disobeyed God. The Christians in Corinth were believing the lies the new teachers told.

    Paul said, “I am not a great speaker, but I know what I am talking about.” God gave Paul power to share the gospel. He shared the good news even though it was hard. Paul did not tell people about Jesus because he wanted something from them; he told them about Jesus because he loved them!

    Paul wrote, “I will not stop telling you this: Those teachers are sharing a message that is not true. They are trying to stop the good news about Jesus from spreading. Those teachers do not love God.”

    Paul spoke up and told the truth. “If anyone should be listened to, it’s me,” he said. “I have worked hard. I have been thrown in jail and hurt. I almost died because I told people about Jesus.” God had chosen Paul and changed his life. Paul did everything for God. He was not going to give up.

    Christ Connection: Telling people about Jesus can be hard. There will always be some who do not want to hear the truth. God wants believers to follow Jesus and obey Him no matter what.

    BIBLE PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 11
    STORY POINT: Paul wanted people to remember what is true about Jesus.
    KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:18
    CHRIST CONNECTION: Why does the Church exist? The Church exists to glorify God!

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