2 Corinthians 11:1–6 – Stay The Course. (Do not waver now!)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Aug 18th  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 11:1–6 – Stay The Course. (Do not waver now!)

 

Intro/thoughts:

  • Paul continues to defend his apostleship.
  • He continues his dialogue about the false teaching because he realized what a CRITICAL issue it is.
  • Not wavering from the TRUTH. STAY THE COURSE.
  • The fight for truth is what is at stake. To swerve even a little takes one off course.  Paul knew Satan’s tactics and was continuing his words to the church.

 

Paul’s opening remarks – v. 1

I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!

 

Bear with me in a little foolishness

  • He was not being silly, but bold.
  • The idea He is even having to deal with this is a joke.
  • They should know better.

 

Are we any different?  When we substitute THE TRUE FAITH for anything else, it has an impact on OUR FAITH and the FAITH we share and teach.  It compromises our impact as a church because it impacts:

  1. Our relationship with God
  2. Our faithfulness to Christ
  3. Our acceptance to the Gospel
  4. Our recognition of the Truth

 

 

 

It impacts relationship with God – v. 2a

For I feel a divine jealousy for you,

 

Divine Jealousy

 

Paul was jealous (in a good way)

  • Did not want to share them with the false teachers.

 

God is a jealous God

  • HE WILL NOT SHARE!!!!!!
  • Exodus 20:5
  • Deut. 4:24

 

It impacts our faithfulness to Christ – vv. 2b-3

since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. [3] But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

 

Betrothed

  • Promised/Pledged to the bridegroom.
  • Father of the bridegroom. It was their responsibility to look out for and protect until the marriage. (married as a virgin)

 

Deceived (this is what Satan does)

It was not moral deception… IT WAS INTELLECTUAL DECEPTION… which lead to spiritual deception.  THEY SINNED AGAINST GOD!!!!!

  • Doubt in the truth
    • Gen. 3:1 – “Has indeed God said”
  • Denied the truth
    • Gen. 3:4 – “You will not surely die”
  • Replaced the truth
    • Satan offered a lie instead
    • Gen. 3:5 – “Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God”

Her thinking and believing lead to her actions!  SHE THOUGHT HE WAS CORRECTS AND ACTED.

 

Sincere and pure devotion

  • The simple message of Christ. Who He is and what He came to accomplish.

 

It impacts our acceptance of The Gospel – v. 4

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

 

Galatians 1:8-9

 

Proclaims another Jesus (than what we proclaimed)

  • Message – what is preached.
  • We need to listen biblically.

 

Different Spirit (than the one you received)

  • Anything but the biblical truth is SATANIC?
  • Spirits role is to convict us of truth as we ask and seek.

 

Accept a different Gospel

  • They readily put up with it.
  • There is only one true Gospel (tonight’s service “American Gospel”

 

There are only two reasons for someone believing/sharing/teaching something that is contrary to the Truth of God’s Word

  • Heresy
    • They are unconverted, lost, and demonic.
  • Ignorance
    • They need to study. Read and Pray.
    • Continuous sanctification. We all need to be growing and changing every day.

 

 

It impacts our recognition of the Truth – vv. 5-6

[5] Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

 

Not in the least inferior

  • Paul knew who he was. Knew what He believed. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY who called him!

 

Unskilled in speaking but not in knowledge

  • It is not as much what we CAN DO, BUT IN WHAT WE KNOW.
  • The power was in the WORDS not the methodology. THE WHAT was where the CHANGE took place.

 

In every way we have made this plain to you

  • Paul plainly gave the Gospel.
  • “The love of Jesus Christ is love not in word only, but indeed and in truth.” – Charles Spurgeon
  • Plain, Powerful, Passionate
    • Just as plain, powerful, and passionate as Paul was in the early church, we need to be today.

 

 

Scripture References:

2 Corinthians 11:1–6 – [1] I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! [2] For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. [3] But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. [4] For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. [5] Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. [6] Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things. (ESV)

Exodus 20:5 – You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, (ESV)

Deuteronomy 4:24 – For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (ESV)

Galatians 1:6–9 – [6] I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—[7] not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. [8] But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. [9] As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 10:7–18 “Being the real deal in an unreal world”

My sermon notes for Sunday, Aug 11th 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 10:7–18 

Being the real deal in an unreal world

Intro (thoughts / big picture)

  • “I am the real deal!” (t-shirt/funny video)
  • Paul’s life/ministry in light of his accusations.
  • What makes a true spiritual leader?
  • People that make an eternal difference.
    • Who do we remember? (the fringe folks or the Gospel folks!)
  • Living the truth in a false world.

 

At the end of the day I hope we all want to be people that can and will make a difference in our family, workplace, school, and community.  Good news…we can.  Paul did and so can we.  He was accused of so many things, but at the end of the day he knew who he was and how he lived his life.

 

Paul knew he had:

  1. A relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. A desire to build others up
  3. A dependence on the spirit and not the flesh.
  4. A life of character and influence.

 

A relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ – v. 7b

  • A true relationship with Christ
  • Born again. A new creation.
    • Different from the world/others.

 

A desire to build others up – vv. 8-9

  • Help others. TRULY HELP OTHERS.  GOSPEL HELP. REAL HELP.
  • A multiplication life. (Multiplying ourselves)
    • Acts 11:23-26
  • True discipleship. Our life impacting others.
  • Biblical sanctification
    • Not an event, but a lifelong journey
  • HEALTHY BIBLICAL GROWTH.
    • Long term.
  • God focused not man focused

 

A dependence on the Spirit not the flesh. – v. 10

Paul was said to not:

  • Be charismatic
  • Not a great speaker.
  • Weak and wishy-washy
  • Not domineering
  • How hard is it to be thought of in this way?
    • Not the biggest, brightest, or the best.
    • But a servant. Matt. 20:25-28

 

More specifically here, the truth has come into question.  So Paul was more concerned not on him, BUT:

  • Trust in the Gospel
  • Out theology should drive our methodology. (Nothing wrong with methodology as long as good theology drives it)
  • Satan does not care what you CLAIM TO BELIEVE. He just does not want YOU TO BELIEVE THE GOSPEL.

 

A life of character and influence– v. 11-18

  • We care about our character and how we exemplify Christ.

 

  • People of Personal Principle (integrity)
  • People of Personal Awareness (humility) Matthew 20:25-28
    • We know where we stand in light of the Gospel.
    • Remember who we are. (A sinner saved by grace)
    • How one utilizes their authority is an evidence of their spiritual maturity and character (Warren W.)
  • Not comparing ourselves with others
  • Content with calling and ministry
    • Stay in your lane (do what you can do…do it well)
      • God’s sovereign limits
    • We cannot do what we are supposed to do because we are worried about what others should be doing.
  • Rejoices for the kingdom
    • Praises others success
    • When others succeed. GOD IS GLORIFIED

 

 


Scripture References

2 Cor. 10:7-18 – [7] Look at what is before your eyes. If anyone is confident that he is Christ’s, let him remind himself that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. [8] For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed. [9] I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters. [10] For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.” [11] Let such a person understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present. [12] Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

[13] But we will not boast beyond limits but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. [14] For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ. [15] We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, [16] so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence. [17] “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” [18] For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends. (ESV)

 

Acts 11:23–26 – [23] When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, [24] for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. [25] So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, [26] and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. (ESV)

 

Matthew 20:25–28 – [25] But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. [26] It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, [27] and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, [28] even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (ESV)

2 Corinthians 10:1-6 “Fighting the Good Fight of Faith” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday, Aug 4th 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 10:1-6 – “Fighting the Good Fight of Faith” part 2

Intro Thoughts:

1 Timothy 1:18; 6:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:1-3; 4:6-7

  • Standing up for what is right.
  • Being proactive with our faith… (Our life making a difference)
  • Waging the spiritual fight. Are we ready?
  • They are accusing Paul. He has done nothing wrong, yet is being falsely accused.  How does he respond?
  • How do we respond?
    • Are we too passive?
      • Some brag about their heart for unity and togetherness. Peace at all cost.
    • Are we too aggressive?
      • Some brag about their roughness/brashness
    • We need to be people of conviction, but also peace makers.

 

Here we have a great picture of Fighting the Good Fight

  1. A Christlike Spirit – v. 1
  2. A Deep Conviction – v. 2
  3. A Victorious Battle Plan – vv. 3-6

 

A Christlike Spirit – v. 1

I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!

 

  • Meekness – free from anger, endurance through offences. Free from anger, bitterness. Lack of desire for revenge.
  • Gentleness – Leniency toward others. Not as harsh.

 

  • OF CHRIST – He is our example.

 

A Deep Conviction – v. 2

I beg of you that when I am present, I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh.

 

  • Confidence (in sound biblical truth)
    • He believed in the truth so much, that he was willing to do what needed to be done to keep things right.

 

A Victorious Battle Plan – vv. 3-6

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. [4] For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. [5] We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, [6] being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

  • Know our enemy
  • Know our weapons
  • Know our strategy

 

We know our enemy – We do walk according to the flesh – v. 3

  • The physical life. The flesh and blood
  • The material world. We live in it, but it is not our enemy.

 

BUT, We do not wage war according to the flesh

  • Not according to the material world, but according to the Spiritual world.
  • Our weapons are not of the flesh – Human ingenuity, worldly wisdom, clever methodologies.

 

(We do not need to find a new methodology or strategy to win.)

 

Enemy is not physical, but spiritual

  • Eph 6:10-12

 

We know our weapons – Believers have DIVINE POWER – v. 4

  • Our weapons are spiritual
  • Eph 6:13 (he lists his weapons)
  • Belt of truth, Breast plate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit.

 

These weapons are POWERFUL

The Power of:

  • The knowledge of God – THE KNOW
    • Truth – John 17:17; Heb. 4:12
  • Obedience to Christ – THE DO
    • Salvation – BELIEVE THE TRUTH
    • Who Christ is.  What He came to do.  How it impacts ones life.
    • Believe on. Come to. Trust in. Follow after. Live for.

 

We know the strategy – God and His Word– vv. 5-6

 

  1. We Destroy – Able to destroy
    1. Strongholds– The place of refuge for cities. The ideologies of the World. (not demons)
    2. Arguments/lofty opinions – thoughts, ideas, philosophies. The wisdom of the world.

 

Raised against the knowledge of God

  • The attack is against the TRUTH of God. (Who He is, What He has said, What He has done)
  • We need to be people who realize the battle is always a battle against God and HIS WORD.
  • Remember Genesis.– Did God really say that?

 

  1. We take captive – Bringing every thought captive.
    1. CRUCIAL
    2. Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

 

Take every thought captive to obey Christ

  • Every false religion, belief, ideology, philosophy
  • Literally… take captive by the point of a sword/spear
  • EVERY THOUGHT

 

We take it captive with the Sword of the Lord (Eph 6)

  • The Spirit of God
  • The Word of God – THUS SAITH THE LORD!

 

THE PICTURE THE CHURCH OF CORINTH WOULD HAVE SEEN THIS IS A VIVID MILITARY PICTURE…We destroy the fortress to the ground, march the prisoners out, and bring them into submission.

  • Paul was serious about how serious the early church was to be about their role of being people of LIGHT in A DARK WORLD.

 

 

How about us today?  It is an ongoing battle.

  • Progressive
  • Unchanging
  • Continuous

 

Today I see 2 perceptions of people and the church:

  1. Angry and against everything. They trust the Bible but they tend to not have not many face to face dialogues
  • Discussions with just those that believe like you do. (I am going to take my toys and go home)
  • Facebook/Twitter is not the greatest picture of biblical dialogue

 

  1. Passive and calling for unity at all cost. Let’s just all get along and play well together.
  • The importance of Word is downplayed.
  • Absolute truth is in question
  • Dialogue is based on feeling rather than truth.

 

Some appear to loud… others have no backbone.

 

It is a tough balance in our current society.

  • We need to stand for truth and be vocal about it.
  • We also want to be able to develop relationships and allow the Spirit and God and the Word of God to work in the heart and minds of people.
    • Some need to slow down and take a deep breath
    • Others need to just DO SOMETHING.

 

 

THE WHAT NOW:

Be persistent

  • In your faith and your (sanctification) GROWING in the knowledge of God through His Word.

 

Be passionate

  • Love God. Love HIS WORD.  TRUST HIS WORD
  • Love others (goal is not being right, but to see their heart change)

 

Be patient. (allow God to work)

  • God can stand up for Himself
  • Know that He will use you
  • Go and make a difference.

 

Be progressive

  • Read, Study, and Pray
  • Dare to be different
  • Dare to make a difference
  • FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

 

 


Scripture References:

1 Timothy 1:18 – This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, (ESV)

1 Timothy 6:11–12 – [11] But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. [12] Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (ESV)

2 Timothy 2:1–3 – [1] You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, [2] and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. [3] Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (ESV

2 Timothy 4:6-7 – [6] For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. [7] I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (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)

John 17:17 –  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (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)

2 Corinthians 10:1-6 – “Fighting the Good Fight of Faith” part 1

My sermon notes for Sunday, July 28th 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 10:1-6 – “Fighting the Good Fight of Faith” part 1

 

Intro Thoughts:

  • 1 Timothy 6:2-12, 2 Timothy 4:1-8
  • Standing up for what is right.
  • Being proactive with our faith… (Our life making a difference)
  • Waging the spiritual fight. Are we ready?
  • They are accusing Paul. He has done nothing wrong, yet is being falsely accused.  How does he respond?
  • How do we respond?
    • Are we too passive?
      • Some brag about their heart for unity and togetherness. Peace at all cost.
    • Are we too aggressive?
      • Some brag about their roughness/brashness
    • We need to be people of conviction, but also peace makers.

 

Here we have a great picture of Fighting the Good Fight

  1. A Christlike Spirit – v. 1
  2. A Deep Conviction – v. 2
  3. A Victorious Battle Plan – vv. 3-6

 

A Christlike Spirit – v. 1

I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!

 

  • Meekness – free from anger, endurance through offences. Free from anger, bitterness. Lack of desire for revenge.
  • Gentleness – Leniency toward others. Not as harsh.

 

  • OF CHRIST – He is our example.

 

Yet, his accusers mistaken his gentleness as weakness.

  • “You are bold from a far, but weak when face to face”
  • Yet, Paul’s desire was to see repentance/change. He was not trying to PROVE HIMSELF RIGHT, rather wanted to see lives transformed.
  • Look at the life of JESUS. Even in the courts of the those that would crucify Him… How did He respond?

 

I MUST BE RIGHT.  I MUST WIN.

Or

I MUST BE LIKE JESUS

 

A Deep Conviction – v. 2

I beg of you that when I am present, I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh.

 

  • Confidence
    • He believed in the truth so much, that he was willing to do what needed to be done to keep things right.

 

We need to be people that have such deep convictions, that we are willing to do whatever is necessary.

  • People willing to fight wars for what they believe in. (Storming a beach at DDAY)

 

  • They accused Paul of things opposed to what he knew was the truth.
    • According to the flesh – evil and selfish interest

 

Today, we can face similar charges.  We know WHAT THE WORD SAYS, yet the world will accuse of being wrong (at times even evil)

 

A Victorious Battle Plan – vv. 3-6

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. [4] For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. [5] We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, [6] being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

 

  • Know our enemy
  • Know our weapons
  • Know our battle plan

(unpack more fully in part 2)

 

 

 


Scripture References:

1 Timothy 6:2–12 – [2] Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

Teach and urge these things. [3] If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, [4] he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, [5] and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. [6] But godliness with contentment is great gain, [7] for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. [8] But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. [9] But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. [10] For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

[11] But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. [12] Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (ESV)

 

2 Timothy 4:1–8 –  [1] I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: [2] preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. [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.

 

[6] For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. [7] I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. [8] Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (ESV)

 

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 “God’s Grace and Our Giving” part 3

My sermon notes for Sunday, July 21st 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 9-6-15“God’s Grace and Our Giving” part 3

 

Intro thoughts:

  • It has been said “TRUE CONVERSION TRANSFORMS the MIND, the HEART, and the WALLET”
  • THERE IS A PROBLEM. – The financial crisis in our society. Debt, student loans, the struggle in balancing our wants and our needs, lack of savings, no retirement.
  • THERE IS A PROBLEM. – We do not understand the concept of EARNING (hard work), SPENDING, SAVING, & GIVING.  All 4 are crucial.
  • THERE IS A PROBLEM – The absence of Biblical teaching on the subject.
    • Matthew 25:14-30 – The Parable of the Talents
    • WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE.  KEY IS FAITHFULNESS
    • Giving is not just about giving. It is about being a good steward in all areas of our $$$$ life.
    • BALANCE – EARNING, SPENDING, SAVING & GIVING
  • WE JUST settle for misery. Keep doing the same things… Get same results.   (RAMSEY OVERVIEW)
  • Matt. 16:24Deny Self.  This a foreign concept.  TODAY IT SI ALL ABOUT SELF!  We think we need, but we really want.
  • When you grasp this perspective… it changes everything.

 

1 Corinthians 16:2

[1] Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. [2] On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. (ESV)

GIVING IS

  • Systematic – first day of the week, planned.
  • Sacrificial – let each one give. (not equal giving by equal sacrifice).
  • Proportionate – as he may prosper, as we give, He blesses.

 

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

GIVING IS

Investing – v. 6

[6] The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

 

  • Sowing
  • Reaping
  • If we give to bless others.  We will be blessed in return.
    • The blessing of obedience
    • The blessing of trusting
    • The blessing of HIS PRESENCE
    • The blessing of investing in the Kingdom

 

Deciding – v. 7

[7] Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver

 

  • As he has decided – heart issue. (PRAY, SEEK, ASK the Lord to give you a giving heart.)
  • Not reluctantly
    • Do not want to let go.  OR I do not have to give
  • I GET TO!
  • You either understand or you do not.
  • Cheerful – hilaron – hilarious

 

Worshiping – vv. 8-15

[8] And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. [9] As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.”

[10] He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. [11] You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. [12] For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. [13] By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, [14] while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. [15] Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (ESV)

  • God is able – v. 8
  • Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
  • All sufficiency in all things – v. 8
    • 2 Peter 1:3–4 [3] His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (ESV)
  • He supplies – v. 10
  • He multiplies – v. 10
  • Enriched in every way – v. 11
  • Generous in every way – v. 11
  • Thanksgiving to God – v. 12
  • Submission/Confession to the Gospel – v. 13
  • Generosity – v. 13
  • God’s grace upon you – v. 14
  • Inexpressible gift – v. 15

 

 


Scripture References:

Matthew 25:14–30 – [14] “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. [15] To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. [16] He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. [17] So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. [18] But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. [19] Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. [20] And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ [21] His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ [22] And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ [23] His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ [24] He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, [25] so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ [26] But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? [27] Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. [28] So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. [29] For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. [30] And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (ESV)

2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5 – “God’s Grace and Our Giving” part 2

2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5 – “God’s Grace and Our Giving” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday, June 14th 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 visit http://www.fbcap.net

2 Corinthians 8:16–24 – [16] But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. [17] For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. [18] With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. [19] And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. [20] We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, [21] for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. [22] And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. [23] As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. [24] So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 9:1–5 – [1] Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, [2] for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. [3] But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be. [4] Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. [5] So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction. (ESV)


Intro Thoughts:

  • Does our handling of God’s provision (money) reflect our understanding of grace? What God has done for us?  Who we are in Christ?  How God provides for us?  How God will bless us?
  • Does our personal and church budget  reflect a desire to part of what God is doing? Missional Giving.  Missional Living.  (Redemption/Sanctification)
  • Do we give for the right reasons? (Kingdom Giving/Gospel Giving)
  • Do we understand that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves? We are not just individuals trying to live the Christian life out.  (You me and the Lord… do not worry about me)

 

Earnestness

An earnestness for the THE purpose – vv. 16-18

The purpose not a purpose.  He has THE purpose, often churches create a purpose.

  • His glory. The Glory of His Church
  • The Gospel – Redemption
  • John 20:30–31 – [30] Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; [31] but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)
  • Being Disciples / Making Disciples (Matt 28)
  • KINGDOM PICTURE – The church as being the church
    • Corinth, Jerusalem
    • Paul, Titus, this brother (preaching the Gospel), church in Jerusalem, churches helping

 

Accountability

An understanding of personal and corporate accountability – vv. 19-22

  • Appointed by the church to travel.   A display of unity.
  • For the Glory of the Lord himself
    • Every aspect of our monies should glorify God and not self or the church itself.
  • Show our good will

 

Think of the Body concept.  Many making one.

  • Individually to God
  • Individually to one another.
    • If we are part of the body, then we are responsible for to one another. It is personal between us and the Lord, but it is also corporate “we are the body”
  • As a people to the congregation.
    • As a committee handling the money. As ministries spending the money.  TO THE LORD and TO HIS CHURCH

 

Unity

An attitude of unity and teamwork– vv. 23-24

Words utilized:

  • Partner
  • Fellow Worker
  • Messengers of the church
    • Glory of Christ (what a testimony of these men)

 

Doing more together than what we can do alone

  • The SBC concept. (Cooperative Program)

 

Inspiration

An obedience that inspires and encourages others – vv. 9:1-5

 

  • As we give
  • As we see the fruits of true Gospel ministry
  • As we experience the Grace of God as a church
  • As people see us life a faithful life of TRUST
  • As we see God do more than we could ever do on our own

2 Corinthians 8:1-15 “God’s Grace and Our Giving”

My sermon notes for Sunday, June 7th 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 visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 8:1–15 – [1] We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, [2] for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. [3] For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, [4] begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—[5] and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. [6] Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. [7] But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

[8] I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. [9] For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. [10] And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. [11] So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. [12] For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. [13] For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness [14] your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. [15] As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.” (ESV)

 

2 Corinthians 8:1–15God’s Grace and our Giving

Big Picture Thoughts:

  • God’s Grace and our Giving
  • Giving and Our Sanctification are closely linked
  • We rely on His provision, yet we discipline ourselves to be good stewards (His grace and our effort)
  • Like all other spiritual disciplines… once we start, there is no turning back

 

Intro:

  • We never really talk about it in church like we should.  Yet, so many of us are living in such an unhealthy financial life.
  • Debt/Bills, Paycheck to paycheck living, No Savings, Little Retirement. We have accepted the NEW NORMAL
  • God talks more about our things/money than He does heaven.
  • We need to see things from God’s perspective:
  • My receiving (Is a picture of God’s Grace)
  • My spending (is this a picture of God’s grace?)
    • Wants
    • Needs
  • My giving (Is this a picture of God’s grace)

 

ATTITUDE– vv. 1-4

It is the attitude of the heart

  • Not based on our circumstances
    • Severe affliction
    • Extreme poverty

 

  • Abundance of joy (what produced this joy)
    • Personal – according to their means
    • Sacrificial – beyond their means
    • Willingly – of their own accord.

 

  • We become part of something bigger than ourselves
    • Favor of taking part
    • The privilege of joining God and what He is doing

 

 

RELATIONSHIP – v. 5, vv. 8-9

His with me and mine with Him

 

  • Give ourselves FIRST to the Lord– vv. 5
  • Not as a command, but to prove our love – v. 8
  • Our Love is genuine, Because His love is genuine – 8-9

 

Because of my relationship with Christ

  • What He gave, so that I have
  • Because of who I am in Him… I have everything

 

BALANCE– vv. 6-7

We must strive toward balance in our “sanctified life”

  • A healthy Spiritual life involves the whole life
    • Faith
    • Speech
    • Knowledge
    • Earnestness
    • Love for others
    • Grace giving

 

  • My giving should be in balance with the WHOLE.

 

FOCUS – vv. 10-11

Giving of oneself is a lifestyle not just an event.

 

  • Finish what you KNOW you need to do.
  • PRESS ON…Forget. Move forward – Philippians 3:12–16
  • It will bring great benefits

 

 

AWARENESS – vv. 12-15

The closer we walk with Him the more we are aware of how He can and will use us.

 

  • God does not expect us to give what we do not have
  • God wants us to give when He gives
  • He gives when others have needs

 

 

 


Scripture References

Philippians 3:12–16 – [12] Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. [13] Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, [14] I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. [16] Only let us hold true to what we have attained. (ESV)

 

Matthew 6:2–4 – [2] “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. [3] But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, [4] so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)

 

Matthew 6:7–13 – [7] “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. [8] Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. [9] Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. [10] Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

[11] Give us this day our daily bread, [12] and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

[13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV)

 

Matthew 6:19–24 – [19] “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, [20] but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. [21] For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

[22] “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, [23] but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

[24] “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)