Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4. Paul seeks to restore his relationship with the erring Corinthians. In this passage we see the difficult duty of a pastor, to deal with sin in the church. And we see the heart of a pastor, the spiritual and emotional investment in the lives of the believers. Our goal is to work together for each other’s joy in Jesus! But that requires us to confront each other when we go astray.
Cary Cox, from Hebrews 12:14-17. Believers are called to run the race of faith in the context of local church families. We run together, “pastoring” each other to keep our brothers and sisters from veering off course. We are responsible to our church family for how we live, accountable to the church for living out our faith. In love, we help each other avoid sin and run the race to the finish!