2 Corinthians 3:4-6 – The Source of Confidence and Competence

Join us in the Project 345 reading plan as we read through the New Testament.

Personal Context: Last night, Rebecca and I prayed for a renewed boldness and confidence in our ministry.

Scriptural Context: Paul says that he does not need a letter of recommendation to preach the gospel.  Paul argues that the life transformation that has taken place in the hearts of those in the church in Corinth proves his message.

2 Corinthians 3:4-6 “Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”


  • We have confidence through Christ before God.
  • We are not competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves.
  • Our competence comes from God.

Application: Through God’s Word this morning and Rebecca, my prayer from last night has been directly answered.  I enter today encouraged.  I want to look for opportunities “not to claim anything for (myself)”, but to confidently minister with the competence God has given me through Christ.

What is your source of confidence and competence today?


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