There is a popular song written in 1972 by Bill Withers entitled, “Lean on Me.” It goes like this: “Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow; but if we are wise, we know that there's always tomorrow. Lean on me, when you're not strong, and I'll be your friend; I'll help you carry on.”
This summer, we are going to look at the thirteen chapters of Paul’s Second Letter to the Church of Corinth over the thirteen weeks of summer (taking out July 4 and Labor Day weekend as they will have different themes). The theme of our summer series is “Lean on Me.” As we look at the contents of Paul’s letter, we can almost hear God say, “Lean on Me,” or “Learn to lean on each other.”
Circumstances at the Time of Writing
After writing the 1st letter to the Corinthians, and sending it by the hand of Titus, Paul left Ephesus. He slowly made his way to Troas (preaching en route) where he had arranged to meet Titus on his return from Corinth. Here, Paul was greatly used by God. But the return of Titus was delayed. Paul was anxious to hear how his 1st letter was received. Fearing the worst, he crossed the Aegean Sea to meet up with Titus. Eventually they met at Philippi.