My sermon notes for Sunday, Feb 17th as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

2 Corinthians 4:1–6 – [1] Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. [2] But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. [3] And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. [4] In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. [5] For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. [6] For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (ESV)

 

2 Cor.. 4:1-6 – Living as Lights in a Dark World

What the text/message should encourage us to do:

  • Keep a proper perspective on our life/ministry.
  • Keep our hopes and focus on Christ.
  • Give us confidence to live as lights of the world.

 

Recognize your ministry – v. 1a

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God

Do not lose heart – v. 1

we do not lose heart

Stay the course– v. 2

But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God

  1. By renouncing disgraceful ways (shameful ways)

 

  1. By refusing to be cunning

 

  1. By rejecting to tamper with God’s Word.

 

 

Trust in the work of the Spirit vv. 3-5

 

[3] And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. [4] In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

 

GET THE GOSPEL RIGHT – v. 3

 

Paul’s methodology was in question.  His methodology was simple.

  • Pour your life into people

 

  • Proclaim the Truth of the Gospel
    • 1 Corinthians 2:1–5 – [1] And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. [2] For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. [3] And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, [4] and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, [5] so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (ESV)
      • We are heralds – heralds proclaim the truth. THAT IS IT.  A STATEMENT OF FACT.  THE BRITISH ARE COMING!!!!

 

  • Persuade people to come
    • Not with cleverness, but with clarity

 

REALIZE IS IT A MIND AND HEART ISSUE – v. 4

 

Light and Dark

In their case.  THOSE THAT ARE PERISHING.

  • PERISHING – John 3:16-19 – [16] “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [18] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. [19] And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (ESV)

 

They do what they do because they LOVE DARKNESS.

Satan is against God’s Word.  He is the master deceiver.  He has blinded the systems of philosophy, psychology, socially, and ethics.  Which in turn impacts one’s ideologies, hopes, aims, goals and viewpoints.

Therefore, our battle is not a battle with the tangible and the practical, but the soul and the spirit.   Eph. 6:12 – IT IS NOT A BATTLE WITH FLESH AND BLOOD.  We fight spiritual battles with spiritual means.

KEEP IT ALL ABOUT JESUS – v. 5

He is Lord!!!!!

Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)

 

 

Allow God’s light to shine true – v. 6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ

God has already said…LET THERE BE LIGHT.

We can trust that all God does is based on HIS GLORY and NOT OURS/MANS.

We can let God be God as we let us be us.  BE THE LIGHT

Love God – Love Others

Love Truth – Love Evangelism

 

PRAY, POUR, PROCLAIM, PERSUADE, PERSEVERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER… WE OPERATE IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM – v.4

 

Light and Dark

 

In their case.  THOSE THAT ARE PERISHING.

  • PERISHING – John 3:16-19 – [16] “For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [18] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. [19] And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (ESV)

 

Satan is against God’s Word.  He is the master deceiver.  He has blinded the systems of philosophy, psychology, socially, and ethics.  Which in turn impacts one’s ideologies, hopes, aims, goals and viewpoints.

 

KEEP IT ALL ABOUT JESUS – v. 5

 

Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)

 

Love God – Love Others

Love Truth – Love Evangelism

 

 

Allow God’s light to shine true – v. 6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ

 

God has already said…LET THERE BE LIGHT.

 

We can trust that all God does is based on HIS GLORY and NOT OURS/MANS.

 

We can let God be God as we let us be us.  BE THE LIGHT.

 

2 Corinthians 4:1–6 – [1] Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. [2] But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. [3] And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. [4] In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. [5] For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. [6] For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 “Living as Lights in a Dark World” part 2

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 “Living as Lights in a Dark World” part 1

My sermon notes for Sunday, Feb 10th as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

2 Corinthians 4:1–6 – [1] Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. [2] But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. [3] And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. [4] In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. [5] For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. [6] For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (ESV)

 

2 Cor.. 4:1-6 – Living as Lights in a Dark World

What the text/message should encourage us to do:

  • Keep a proper perspective on our life/ministry.
  • Keep our hopes and focus on Christ.
  • Give us confidence to live as lights of the world.

 

Recognize your ministry – v. 1a

Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God

Resuming the theme of 3:5-6 “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is form God, who has made us competent to be minister of a new covenant.”  (divine appointment and provision to be a minister of the new covenant.)

 

Do not lose heart – v. 1

we do not lose heart

Ekkakeō – To be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out, exhausted.  Give in to fear, lose courage.

Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.

 

We are ministers of the New Covenant.  (GRACE). BECAUSE IT IS A GRACE/GOD calling. We can continue and accomplish the task.

  • positive, passionate, persevering!!!!!

 

 

Stay the course– v. 2

But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God

 

2 Timothy 4:3–5 – [3] For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, [4] and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. [5] As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (ESV)

 

  1. By renouncing disgraceful ways (shameful ways)

 

Who we were, based on who we are.  They way we once lived.  We should live differently now because of what has happened.

  • Once dead, but now alive

 

Renounce

  • Turn from. TURN FROM SOMETHING TO SOMETHING.

 

Disgraceful, underhanded way

  • Live right, open, and honest with our life/ministry.
  • Pure heart, Pure motives

 

  1. By refusing to be cunning
  • Walking in trickery
  • Willing to do anything to accomplish a goal

 

Paul’s life was straightforward.  What you see is what you get

 

1 Corinthians 2:1–5 – [1] And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. [2] For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. [3] And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, [4] and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, [5] so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (ESV)

 

  1. By rejecting to tamper with God’s Word.

 

  • TAMPER – add inferior ingredients. Underhanded (cunning and trickery)

 

Remember.  We are not peddlers (con man) 2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (ESV)

 

1 Peter 2:2 – long for the pure spiritual milk of the Word

 

1 Timothy 4:6–7 – [6] If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. [7] Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; (ESV)

 

Hebrews 4:12–- For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart  (ESV)

 

WHY….BECAUSE we are commending ourselves to their conscience.

 

Conscience – refers to the human faculty that recognizes right and wrong, the norms of moral conduct.

 

He knows that only a rightly proclaimed truth will impact the inner man.  It is between them and God…  blinded our unblinded is not within Paul’s control.

 

This is a predicament the church as put themselves in.  We are concerned to do right, but we are looking in and are trusting our own heart and emotions.  RATHER, we should look into our heart as it is being transformed daily by the Word of God. (article about liberal seminary closing… not one mention of Bible truth, the Gospel, or the work of the Kingdom. The gender debates. Abortion)

 

WE MUST STAY THE COURSE.  WE NEED TO LOVE RIGHT, BY LIVING RIGHT AND BY PROCLAIMING RIGHT.

 

As we renounce, refuse, and reject… Then we can stand before the Lord with a clear conscience.  Our life must be right,  BUT IT MUST BE RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.

 

Trust in the work of the Spirit vv. 3-5

 

[3] And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. [4] In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

 

GET THE GOSPEL RIGHT

 

Paul’s methodology was in question.  His methodology was simple.

  • Pour your life into people
  • Proclaim the Truth of the Gospel
    • 1 Corinthians 2:1–5 – [1] And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. [2] For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. [3] And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, [4] and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, [5] so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (ESV)
    • We are heralds – heralds proclaim the truth. THAT IS IT.  A STATEMENT OF FACT.  THE BRITISH ARE COMING!!!!
  • Persuade people to come
    • Not with cleverness, but with clarity

 

REMEMBER… WE OPERATE IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM

 

Light and Dark

 

In their case.  THOSE THAT ARE PERISHING.

  • PERISHING – John 3:16-19 – [16] “For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [18] Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. [19] And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (ESV)

 

Satan is against God’s Word.  He is the master deceiver.  He has blinded the systems of philosophy, psychology, socially, and ethics.  Which in turn impacts one’s ideologies, hopes, aims, goals and viewpoints.

 

KEEP IT ALL ABOUT JESUS

 

Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)

 

Love God – Love Others

Love Truth – Love Evangelism

 

 

Allow God’s light to shine true – v. 6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ

 

God has already said…LET THERE BE LIGHT.

 

We can trust that all God does is based on HIS GLORY and NOT OURS/MANS.

 

We can let God be God as we let us be us.  BE THE LIGHT.

 

2 Corinthians 4:1–6 – [1] Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. [2] But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. [3] And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. [4] In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. [5] For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. [6] For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (ESV)

 

2 Corinthians 3:6-18 “The Ministry of the New Covenant”

2 Cor. 3:6-18

The Ministry of the New Covenant

The Glory and Greatness of the Gospel

 

My sermon notes for Sunday, Feb 3rd as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 3:5–18 – [5] Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, [6] who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

[7] Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, [8] will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? [9] For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. [10] Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. [11] For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

[12] Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, [13] not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. [14] But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. [15] Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. [16] But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. [17] Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. [18] And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (ESV)

 

INTRO:

Paul continues the discussion of HIS MINISTRY.  The why’s, what’s, and how’s of HIS MINISTRY UNTO THE LORD.

In this particular section we look at the Old Covenant and New Covenant.  We must remember that Paul was radically saved on the road to Damascus.  He was an example of following the Old Covenant (thinking he was pleasing God) but, when Christ opened his heart and mind… he came a new man.  He more that anyone can understand the wonders of the New Covenant.  He understood what it meant to him individually, and also the privilege of being a minister/servant of the New Covenant.  The NEW COVENANT.  The Glory and the Greatness of the Gospel… Jesus Christ.

 

WE ARE Ministers of the new covenant – v. 6a

 

Our responsibility and involvement

Minster=Servant (not only are we recipients, but we are stewards)

Just as Moses was called as an instrument of the Law (Old Covenant), Paul/we have been called to be ministers of the New Covenant.  He was an apostle, but his means by which he carried it out was AS A SERVANT.

WE ARE COMPETENT

  • We are not sufficient, but we find our sufficiency FROM GOD IN CHRIST. – v. 5
  • We are commissioned, called, and empowered.

 

The New Covenant Gives Spiritual Life and Not Death – vv. 6b-8

 

Paul’s NC ministry.  Not of the letter but of the Spirt. (law and grace)

  • He will create a people that will keep His covenant
  • How…God will write it on their hearts
  • Forgive their sins

Luke 22:19-20, Ezekiel 36:25-27 Jeremiah 31:31-34

 

The law was in place to point people to the hope of Christ.  WHEN THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN then IT BRINGS DEATH.

 

The moral law of God (the Ten Commandments) obeyed perfectly will bring death if we are doing so on the basis of works apart from Christ (the Spirit)

 

The New Covenant is Righteousness and Not Condemnation – v. 9

The ministry of righteousness FAR EXCEEDS the ministry of condemnation.

The law brought them to the need of forgiveness but could not provide it.  CHRIST CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THAT WHICH WAS LOST.

Christ clothes us with HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AT CONVERSION.

Romans 3:21–26[21] But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—[22] the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: [23] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, [24] and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, [25] whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. [26] It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (ESV)

1 Peter 2:24 – [24] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed

WE CAN LIVE RIGHT, BECAUSE WE ARE CLOTHED WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

 

The New Covenant is Permanent and Not Temporary – vv. 10-11

New glory outshines the old glory.  It was in place to point to the new.

  • A temporary covenant…A permanent covenant.

 

The New Covenant Is Manifested and Not Veiled – vv. 12-18

 

Veiled – obstructing the face.  We can now behold the true GLORY OF THE LORD.

 

  • Which Brings Hope – v. 12
  • Which Is Centered on Christ – vv. 13-16
  • Which Brings Freedom – v. 17
  • Which Brings Transformation – v. 18

 

 

 SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

Luke 22:19–20 – [19] And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” [20] And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (ESV)

 

Ezekiel 36:25–27 – [25] I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. [26] And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. [27] And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (ESV)

 

Jeremiah 31:31–34 – [31] “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, [32] not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. [33] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (ESV)

2 Corinthians 3:1-5 “Living REAL in an unreal world.”

My sermon notes for Sunday, Jan 27th  as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

2 Corinthians 3:1-5 – Living real in an unreal world.

2 Corinthians 3:1–5 – [1] Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? [2] You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. [3] And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

[4] Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. [5] Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, (ESV)

 

INTRO:

  • Paul – I am not a peddler/con man (1:17). I am an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Me – I am not a peddler/con man of the Word of God. I am an ambassador for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Can I make this statement?  Is it true?  Is this my life?  Is my life REAL?

It should be.  I should be living a real life in an unreal world.  I should be living an authentic life before Christ and I should be living a confident life in Christ. (ESPECIALLY AFTER THIS WEEK IN HIGHLANDS CO)

 

A LIFE OF AUTHENTICITY – vv. 1-3

In NT times someone would have letter of recommendation to prove they were who they said they were.  Paul is showing that HIS LIFE IS HIS LIVING LETTER.  HE WAS THE REAL DEAL.

Ordination/Licensing is an example.  I was licensed to preach July 12, 1993. That is 25 years, 6 months, 15 days ago. It is an important piece of paper with a great purpose, but what makes one a pastor is his life and ministry, not a piece of paper.

 

A life of Authenticity IMPACTS OTHERS

  • You yourselves – v. 2
    • The Changed lives within the church.
    • Paul’s proof of his calling and ministry was the way he lived his life and the impact he had on others. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A LIFE OF SELF AND OTHERS.
    • He needed no commendation…they were the proof.

 

A life of Authenticity is SPIRITUAL IN NATURE

  • Written on the hearts – v. 2
    • A converted heart. An internal matter

 

A life of Authenticity is BY VIRTUE OF THE CROSS

  • Letter from Christ – v. 3
    • Changed life through the power of the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

  • Delivered by us – v. 3
    • Paul’s part was to know the power of the Gospel and to share it. POWER AND PROCLAMATION

 

  • Written by the Spirit of God – v. 3
    • Not on stone, like the old covenant. LAW.
      • Evidently, they (peddlers) were mixing the old with the new.
    • But written by the Spirit. New covenant. GRACE

 

Jeremiah 31:31–341 Corinthians 2:3–5

 

A LIFE OF CONFIDENCE – vv. 4-5 (ESPECIALLY AFTER THIS WEEK)

Such is the confidence – v. 4

A life of confidence established upon HIS COMMISSION

  • His ministry, His Calling (what He has been tasked to do)
    • How did Paul do it? So many setbacks, so many doubters, so many hurdles.
    • He had confidence in his ministry. His calling.  TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL. TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE.
    • WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND WE ARE IN THE PEOPLE BUSINESS
    • THIS IS WHO I AM AND THIS IS WHAT I AM SAVED TO DO!!!!!!
    • 1 Cor. 9:16 – for woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel.

 

A life of confidence established upon HIS SAVIOR

  • Through Christ toward God – v. 4-5
    • Not that WE are sufficient, in OURSELVES.
    • It all comes from who we are IN CHRIST.
    • If God has saved, sealed and sent…then He also given us everything we need to accomplish it.
      • His presence, power, purpose
      • Col. 2:15 – Defeated, Disarmed. Triumphant…Same as 2 Cor. 2:14
      • Eph 6:10-20 – Our enemy and Our provision

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Jeremiah 31:31–34 – [31] “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, [32] not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. [33] For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (ESV)

 

1 Corinthians 2:3–5 – [3] And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, [4] and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, [5] so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (ESV)

 

Colossians 2:13–15 – [13] And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, [14] by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. [15] He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (ESV)

 

Ephesians 6:10–20 – [10] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. [11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. [12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. [13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. [14] Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [15] and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. [16] In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; [17] and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, [18] praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, [19] and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, [20] for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 2:12-17 “Turning Dismay into Confidence”

My sermon notes for Sunday, Jan 20th  as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 2:12–17 – [12] When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, [13] my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.

[14] But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. [15] For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, [16] to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? [17] For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (ESV)

 

 

2 Corinthians 2:12-17 Turning Dismay into Confidence

 

INTRO:

2:14-6:10 – Paul’s philosophy of ministry.  Why, How, and the What of his calling and life.  HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.

 

Here specifically…Paul is saying My Ministry is a TRIUMPHANT MINISTRY.

  • Notice the situation…. Discouragement then Excitement, Ups and Downs, Uncertainty turns to victory.

 

THE WORD IS TEACHING US TODAY THAT LIFE AND CIRCUMSTANCES MAY NOT BE WHAT WE WANT.  BUT THE KEY TO CHRISTIAN LIFE/MINISTRY IS SEEING CHRIST IN OUR LIFE.  WHAT THAT MEANS TO OURSELVES AND ALSO HOW HE IS USING US TO REACH AND BUILD UP OTHERS.

 

WE DO NOT NEED TO FOCUS ON THE STUFF OF THE WORLD, BUT RATHER JESUS!

 

Paul’s Dismay – vv. 12-13

 

Paul went from Ephesus to Troas waiting to meet with Titus who was bringing news from Corinth. (third missionary journey)

  • An open door
  • An open door to Paul meant he had the opportunity to see the impact of faithfully preaching the Gospel.

 

  • Spirit not at rest
    • EVEN THOUGH he as in the midst of God’s will… HE WAS NOT AT REST. Wanted news from Titus  (turmoil and discontent)
    • Not a evil, sinful thing, yet it became a spiritual thing. (restlessness and discontent)

 

BUT…

 

Paul’s Confidence – vv. 14-17

 

But thanks be to God!  THE GIVER OF TRIUMPHANT CONFIDENCE

Picture of Rome celebrating a major victory.

  • Procession…. Politicians, Trumpeters, The spoils form the land, white bull for sacrifice, Captives headed toward their death, officers with their rods, musicians, priests with incenses, the General standing in a chariot dressed in a triumphant robe and ivory scepter, with slave holding a crown over his head, followed by his family, then the troops.

 

For Christ Leading Him – 14a

[14a] But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,

 

  • As the general leads his troops. – Jesus leads his Church
    • Matthew 16:18–19 – [18] And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. [19] I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (ESV)
    • Colossians 1:15–20 – [15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. [18] And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. [19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (ESV)

 

For Christ Using Him – vv. 14b-16

[14b]and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. [15] For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, [16] to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?

 

The incense affected all those present, but in different way.  It represented victory to some and death to others

 

  • Knowledge of Him. Aroma of Christ.
    • As Christ’s death was lifted up as a sacrifice… pleasing to the Lord. So is the life DEDICATED AND SET APART TO HIM.
  • It is pleasing to God – 1:10 – Walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing to Him.
  • Life – giving to those who are being saved
  • Condemning – to those that are perishing
  • 1 Peter 2:7–8 –[7] So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”[8] and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. (ESV)

 

For Christ Empowering Him – v. 17

[17] For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ

 

  • Who is adequate for such TRIUMPHANT CONFIDENCE? SUCH VICTORY!
  • 1 Cor. 15:10 – By the grace of God I am what I am.

 

  • Not peddlers – con man. (not the real thing. False hope)
    • Be bold, passionate, Courageous and full of Compassion.
  • But as men of sincerity – pure, right motivation and character
  • Commissioned by God – Saved, Called, Sent, Empowered

2 Cor. 2:5-11 “Discipline, Forgiveness & Love”

2 Cor. 2:5-11 – Discipline, Forgiveness, & Love

(Discipline and forgiveness in the church)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Jan 13th  as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 2:5–11 – [5] Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. [6] For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, [7] so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. [8] So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. [9] For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. [10] Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, [11] so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (ESV)

 

Introduction

Remember…in this section Paul is dealing with his relationship with the church in Corinth.  An individual has stirred up a controversy over Paul and his ministry.  Because Paul was being faithful as an apostle the accusations were unwarranted and were dealt with (previous painful visit) As he closes this section, he wants to remind them the WHAT NEXT.  Yes, things need to be taken seriously in the church.  TRUTH MATTERS.  DEAL WITH SIN. But, we still need to be people of love and forgiveness if we truly want the church to be the CHURCH.

A flow of what is taking place in Corinth.

  1. The issue – individual living in open sin.
  2. Discipline – by the church
  3. Repentance – by the individual
  4. Forgiveness – by the church (to some degree both)
  5. Restoration – by the church
  6. Forgetfulness – by both (not hold it against our self or each other. BECAUSE JESUS DOES NOT)

 

Thoughts/Statements as we think of through the “dangers” of discipline and forgiveness. (dangers to avoid)

  • The danger of sin in the camp. (Joshua 7, 1 Cor. 5)
  • The danger of having a judgmental spirit. (check your motive)
  • The danger of forgetting we are a family. (It takes hard work.  It is messy)
  • The danger of downplaying the importance of relationships.
  • The danger of not being people of forgiveness.
  • The danger of not being, coming and continuing to be a growing/discipling church.

 

THE TEXT:

The matter itself – vv. 5-6

Church recognized the issue and dealt with it.

 

[5] Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. [6] For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough,

  • It is not just a personal matter, but also a church matter.
  • We are a body. (An ailment will affect the body)
  • Sin in the camp. WHEN WE ALLOW IT.  CONDONE IT, BY DOING NOTHING
    • it will have an impact on our influence, ministry, our worship

SO WHAT MUST WE DO

Key Words to consider:

Courage, Concern, Compassion & Comfort

  • Courage to do what is right and pleasing unto the Lord. Takes courage to make a stand.
  • Concern for the heart and spiritual life of others.
    • The big picture (sanctification big picture. What will be the ultimate outcome if I do nothing…their soul)
    • The way of the transgressor is hard. 13:15
  • Compassion for others and the ministry of the church.
    • True discipline is the evidence of love.
    • Speak the TRUTH in LOVE. 4:12
  • Comfort for those that are around us

The purpose – vv.7-11

To bring about reconciliation, forgiveness, and restoration.

 

[7] so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. [8] So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. [9] For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. [10] Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, [11] so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

 

TO RESTORE THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE CHURCH – The issue is not getting rid of the problem.  The issue is helping someone see what is wrong and helping them through the process of dealing with it and moving on.  (WE DISCIPLINE OUR CHILDREN NOT SO WE CAN GET RID OF THEM, BUT RATHER TO HELP THEM)

 

For the sake of the person

  • Forgiveness – v. 7a
  • Comfort – v. 7b
  • Repentance – v. 7c
  • Love – v. 8

 

For the sake of the Lord

  • Our disobedience is ultimately disobedience unto the Lord. MY SIN MAY HAVE AN EFFECT ON OTHERS, BUT MY DISOBEDIENCE IS BEFORE THE LORD.
  • Sin grieves the Lord. As leaders (church and home) it grieves the Lord when we allow sin to reign.

 

For the sake of His Church

  • Do not give Satan a “beach head”
  • He is defeated so why allow him in?

 

 

 

Ephesians 4:1-6 – “We are one”

My sermon notes for Sunday, Jan 6thRemember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

Ephesians 4:1–6 – [1] I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, [2] with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, [3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. [4] There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—[5] one Lord, one faith, one baptism, [6] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (ESV)

 

Eph 4:1-6 – WE ARE ONE

 

INTRO:

(As we kick of our abide21 emphasis in Highlands County.) There are things we need to consider as we begin to celebrate that we are ONE.  Yes as believers we are ONE,  BUT IT IS EASY TO SAY.  We are One.  One church.  One people.  One body.  We are one in Christ.  We say it, but do we really know what it means?

This passage of scripture teaches us clearly what it means to be ONE as the body of Christ.  This passage teaches us that we are united by our conversion, consecration, and our confession.   SO, TO BE REALLY EXCITED TO BE ONE.  TO TRULY EXPERIENCE 21 DAYS OF SEEKING THE FACE OF JESUS… the we MUST understand what we are united on.  OUR CONVERSION, OUR CONSECRATION, OUR CONFESSION.

 

TEXT:

United by our Conversion – v. 1

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”

Our salvation, our calling.

We are not united just because we all believe in Jesus.  We are united because we have been BORN AGAIN.  When we have been born again, we are all ONE.

  • Prisoner of the Lord – one of the prison epistles. He was literally in prison for being a faithful follower of Christ.  (A Christian life is not necessarily an easy life)
  • Walk worthy (bringing up the scales)
    • All the great promises of Chapters 1-3 become true in our own life.

 

United by our consecration- vv. 2-3

“with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, [3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

To dedicate for a higher purpose.  Turn from the world and follow after Christ.  GROWING AND CHANGING INTO THE LIKENESS OF CHRIST.  The goal of the Christian life.

We are not one because we belong to a particular church.  We are one because we have consecrated ourselves to live for HIS GLORY.  We have come together to live a certain way and make a difference in the World that we do live in.  What makes us one is our goals and purposes.  TO BE DIFFERENT.  TO LIVE MORE LIKE JESUS AND LESS LIKE US.

  • Humility – not prideful
    • Gentleness – not harsh
      • Patience – reactionary with others
        • Bearing with one another in love

 

  • Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit. UNITY in the Spirit.  A ONENESS. (which leads to vv. 4-6)

 

United by our Confession – vv. 4-6

“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—[5] one Lord, one faith, one baptism, [6] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all”

 

To confess means you agree.  To confess means that there is also something you disagree with.

It would appear that it is harder and harder to stand for TRUTH today.  Yet, what make the early church ONE was what they believed.  They lived in a pagan world yet proclaimed THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST… THE GOSPEL.  We too live in a pagan world and that is even more the reason that we need to stand on THE TRUTH OF THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST… THE GOSPEL.  If we do not get the Gospel right then what are we united upon.

In the world of FAKE NEWS….  TRUTH DEFINES.

What we have in the Spirit

  • One body – the Church.  Everyone that has trusted in Christ as Savior and Lord
  • One Spirit – The Holy Spirit possess every believer at conversion.  We each are a temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 3:16-17
  • One Hope – our inheritance. Eph 1:11-14

What we have in the Son

  • One Lord – Jesus.  Acts 4:12.  There is no other name…
  • One Faith – What we place our trust in.  What is essential to believe.  Jude 3 – Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. (ESV)
  • One Baptism – Spiritual Baptism.

What we have in the Father

  • One God and Father of all.
    • Who is over all- All knowing
    • through all – All powerful
    • In all – All present

 

We are God created, God saved, God loved, God filled, God sustained, God blessed!