“Traditionally, Paul’s two letters to Timothy and his one letter to Titus are called the ‘Pastoral Letters.’ But 2 Corinthians has a strong claim to be regarded as the supreme pastoral letter because it witnesses so vividly to the ‘daily pressure’ (11:28) of Paul’s anxious concern for the Corinthian believers. ‘Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?’ (11:29). Paul, the matchless pastor, penned a profound, though brief, autobiography. In this letter we have beautiful examples of the tenderness of a spiritual shepherd sensitive to the needs of his flock; the pleading spiritual father jealous for his children’s affection, purity, and unity; and the fears of a spiritual mentor as he confronts the persistent sin of his charges.” (NIV Study Bible)
For fourteen years as Senior Pastor of Rosebank Union Church, I have joyfully carried “the daily pressure of my concern” (11:28) for this wonderful church. It has been an honour beyond words. Now, as I prepare to move on, I can think of no better way to conclude my preaching ministry among you than to dip into 2 Corinthians and share Christ’s heart, Paul’s heart, and my heart with you.