Why Share the Gospel – The Message

My sermon notes for Sunday, Nov 10th as we continue our study through WHY SHARE THE GOSPEL. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

Why Share the Gospel – The Message

Because of the Great MESSAGE

 

Matthew 4:18–22 – [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

 

A few things to consider first:

My definition of Evangelism – The passionate, joyful, and intentional sharing of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, to the world.  The goal of evangelism is making disciples.  A disciple is someone who has accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, that is growing daily in their relationship with Him, and is serving Him by their involvement and ministry within the fellowship of His Church.

 

You will notice two components present:

  1. Proclamation – We must proclaim the Gospel. The true, pure, biblical message of redemption.  The good news of Jesus Christ.  Who He is. Who sent Him. Why He came. What He accomplished.  What it means to you and I.
    • 1 Cor. 2:1-5
    • John 1:12
    • The message

 

  1. Persuasion – We must persuade people to respond to the message. Our life should be a life of encouraging people to come to Christ in repentance and faith.
    • 2 Cor. 5:11-21
    • Our Mission. What we do with the message

 

(Obviously a major component is PRAYER)

 

This is the big picture idea of the Sharing the Gospel and the idea of a message and a messenger being involved. But I would like for us to consider a few more things.

 

What is our motive?

  • The WHY of sharing Gospel.
    • Some would say… TO GET PEOPLE SAVED.
  • For God’s Glory
  • The Redemption Story. The flow of redemption through human history!
    • Last week THE NEED. People are lost.
    • Restoring relationships (mankind to their Creator.)
    • Big picture. The spread of the Kingdom.
    • People I know and love need the hope of Christ.
  • To Make Disciples
    • Glorifying God as we join Him in His plan of redemption

 

What is our method?

  • THE HOW of sharing the Gospel
    • What are we sharing?
    • What are we asking people to do?

 

  • The HOW of affirming that someone is a Christian. (that someone has understood and received the message.)

 

Why this should be important… consider:

  • SBC and our emphasis for numbers over the years and celebrating baptisms and church membership.
  • Yet, our churches are numerically spiraling downward.
  • What has been our score card? What do we celebrate?
  • YET, we have the Word. We know what a Disciple looks like.  We know what is a healthy church.
  • IT IS TIME WE TAKE A DEEP LOOK WITHIN AND ADMIT… WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!!!!!

 

Data from Flagship SBC church in Florida.

  • 11,845 Baptisms. 7,690 New Additions over  a certain 16 year period. (at the height of their ministry)
  • Membership grew from 21,062 to 29,181.
  • YET, Attendance stayed the same and SS numbers went down by 651. ( SS from 6,401 to 5,750)
  • HOW CAN WE ADD 19,535 MEMBERS TO OUR ROLLS AND IT NOT IMPACT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT COME TO WORSHIP THE LORD THAT CONVERTED THEM/SAVED THEM/REDEEMED THEM.

Yet, we applaud the numbers.  We train people to do it THIS WAY.  We view this a what all should be doing.

 

What have we been asking people to do? 

  • Believe in Jesus.
  • Believe you are a sinner.
  • Want to go to heaven.
  • Sincerely believe and you will be saved.
  • Be saved forever.

It could very well be that this is exactly what we have shared and exactly what we have responded to.  But, think about it and then consider the condition SO many people we know are in.

Say they are saved, yet not living the saved life.

 

Think about these verses:

  • 1 John 2:15–19 – [15] Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. [17] And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.[18] Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. [19] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
  • Matthew 7:23 – [23] And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
  • John 10:27–30 – [27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. [28] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. [29] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. [30] I and the Father are one.”

 

KEY IS 1 John 2:15 – They did not truly love the LORD.  Just like the rich young ruler last week (Luke 18:18-20)  IT IS A HEART ISSUE.

 

Yet, what has happened for so many years is that someone is “saved” and then when they do not get plugged in… it is our fault.

  • We did not disciple them
  • We did not follow up
  • They did not connect

 

(example… I want to be saved.  I cannot come back to church tonight or wed and talk)

 

So what do we do… WE CANNOT GO BACK, BUT WE CAN GO FORWARD….  WE SHARE THE GOSPEL BECAUSE WE HAVE THE MESSAGE.

THE MESSAGE is so much more than believe in Jesus and you will go to heaven one day.

 

It is:

  • God is holy and righteous and worthy of all praise and worship
  • Mankind is created in His image and we are accountable to our creator.
  • We have sinned and are separated from God.
    • By our nature – original sin
    • By our choice – life that we live as sinners.
    • He loves His creation so much that He provided a way of salvation through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
  • We must acknowledge our condition and need.
  • Recognize that Christ is our only hope
    • Repent or your sin.
    • Place your faith in Christ.
    • Forsake your ways and follow Christ
    • Daily worship Him and live for His glory
  • Repent of our sin and place our faith in Christ as our Savior and Lord.

 

When He is our Savior and Lord

  • We love Him and love living for Him.
  • We love Him and love the things that He loves.
  • We love Him and love His Word
  • We love Him and love His church

 



 

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
Matthew 4:18–22 – [18] While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” [20] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. [21] And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. [22] Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (ESV)

John 1:9–13 – [9] The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. [10] He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. [11] He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. [12] But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)

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)

2 Corinthians 5:11–21 – [11] Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. [12] We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. [13] For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. [14] For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; [15] and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

[16] From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. [17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. [18] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. [20] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [21] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (ESV)

Why Share the Gospel – The Need

My sermon notes for Sunday, Nov 3rdRemember, 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

 

 

WHY SHARE THE GOSPEL – THE NEED

Because of THE GREAT NEED

(A very great need)

 

Intro/Thoughts

Matthew 4:18–22 – [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (read all of text)

 

We are called to be FISHERS OF MEN.  (We are failing miserably)

  • The call is to FOLLOW HIM, LEARN FROM HIM, SERVE HIM

 

We possibly have forgotten the GREAT NEED of the Gospel being shared.  We need a little reminder and a little motivation.

 

2 Things to consider this morning.

  1. People are lost and going to hell (rough, but true)
  2. People need relationship with God and one another . Once saved they become part of the family of God.

 

THE NEED

 

Divine Conversion/Redemption

 

People need the Lord. People are lost. People are separated from God.

 

THE PEOPLE JESUS ARE REFERRING TO ARE LOST (the fish) 

  • Hopeless and Helpless
  • Sinful and Separated
  • Damned and Desperate

 

2 Timothy 3:1–4 – [1] But understand this, that in the last days

  • Last days are now – began with the coming of the Spirit
  • Lovers of self rather than God.
  • 3:23 – Fall short of the glory of God.
    • They think they measure up, BUT GOD’S HOLINESS is the standard.
    • HE ALONE IS WORTHY!
    • 4:8 &11 “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty.” “Worthy are you, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created”

 

Luke 18:1-24 (the example of the rich young ruler)

  • Not about wealth, morality, or standing.
  • He had the DONE what HE THROUGH WAS NECESSARY

YET, LACKED THE ONE THING

  • True repentance.
  • Jesus knew the heart. More of self rather than the kingdom. (vv. 23-24)
  • Kingdom verse Self. (v. 29 for the sake of the Kingdom)
  • The idea of I GOT THIS. NO YOU DO NOT.

 

Individually, our family, friends, and neighbors are lost.

  • WE NEED TO MAKE IT PERSONAL!!!!

 

Why share the Gospel?  Because people we know, live with, work around are lost, separated from God, and have an eternal destiny of hopelessness and lostness.

 

 

Divine Fellowship/Relationship

 

People need relationship and fellowship.

  • In the beginning we were created with perfect fellowship with God and with one another (Adam and Eve)

 

Because people are separated from God, they also have no relationship with God or the people of God.

  • As we have relationship with God, we also have a relationship with one another.

 

Not that we will ever see perfection in our world, but imagine a city transformed by the Gospel.  A community in relationship with God and with one another.

 

Why share the Gospel?  Because people need to belong to the FAMILY OF GOD!

 

I think we forget… when someone comes to Christ, they change… they become part of the family and household of God.

  • There allegiance changes
  • Their thinking changes
  • Their motives change.

 

Imagine if everyone you worked with loved the things of the Lord.

  • Loved God
  • Loved truth
  • Loved the Church
  • Loved one another

 

We then have common goals and understanding.  We have a true friendship and oneness in Christ.

 

Ephesians 1:4-5 – Adoption to Himself.

 

Ephesians 2:19 – So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, (ESV)

 

Romans 8:14–17 – [14] For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. [15] For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” [16] The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, [17] and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (ESV)

 

Think about it…

  • A life changes
  • A family changes
  • A church changes
  • A city changes

 

This transformation takes place as someone repents of their sin and trust Christ alone for their salvation.  Their sins are forgiven and they are clothed with the righteousness of Christ.  They are adopted into the household of God.  Then and only then does one see real life change.

 

 


SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Matthew 4:18–22 – [18] While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. [19] And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” [20] Immediately they left their nets and followed him. [21] And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. [22] Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (ESV)

 

2 Timothy 3:1–4 – [1] But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. [2] For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, [3] heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, [4] treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (ESV)

 

Luke 18:18–30 – [18] And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” [19] And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. [20] You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” [21] And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” [22] When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” [23] But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. [24] Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! [25] For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” [26] Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” [27] But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” [28] And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” [29] And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, [30] who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” (ESV)

 

Ephesians 1:3–10 – [3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. [7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 13:11–14 – Paul’s closing words

My sermon notes for Sunday, Oct. 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 13:11–14

[11] Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. [12] Greet one another with a holy kiss. [13] All the saints greet you.

[14] The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (ESV)

 

INTRO WORDS/THOUGHTS

  • Paul’s final words to the church.
  • Summarizing his intent for writing.
  • We see his love for the church. We see his desire for them.

 

He wanted them to know the fullness of God’s love for them through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He wanted them to have a true relationship with God, so that they could have a true relationship with one another… as the true Body of Christ.

 

If they/we could truly grasp what we have in the GOSPEL, then we could…

 

Rejoice in who you are in Christ

Find our joy in Christ.

  • Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice.
  • 1 Thess 5:16 – Rejoice always
  • John 15:11 – MY joy in you, YOUR joy made full
  • John 16:22 – His joy made full in themselves. (JESUS PRAYING FOR US!)

 

Joy comes from a deep conviction and understanding of what it means to be a Child of God.  Reflecting daily upon His character, attributes, and promises.

  • who I am in Christ (NEW CREATION)
  • Love of the Father. Adopted into the family of God
  • Remembering the continuous sanctifying work of the Spirit.

 

Finding our joy in who we are in the Lord.

 

Aim for restoration (Completeness/Maturity)

  • Made complete – putting things in order. MATURITY
  • Adjusting things that are out of place
  • All we need in within us because of WHO IS IN US

 

Comfort one another

  • Be encouraged. Encourage one another. Come alongside.
  • Concern and Care for one another. More than just meeting need.
  • Listen and trust one another
  • The idea of doing life together

 

Agree with one another

  • What can we agree on?
    • TRUTH – In the essentials.
      • FEELINGS or FACTS
      • FEELINGS… I am god. FACTS… HE IS GOD
      • Our convictions are important, and we do need to have them.
    • THE JOURNEY – we are in this together
    • OUR IDENTITY – WE ARE A FAMILY

 

Live in peace

  • As we comfort
  • As we agree
  • We have peace

 

THEN…The Blessings

God’s Peace –  And the God of love and peace will be with you

  • The blessings of 1,2,3,4

 

Church unity/Gospel unityGreet one another with a holy kiss

  • Holy kiss – individual
  • All the Saints – universal

 

THE BENEDICTION: THE BLESSING OF REDEMPTION

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ

  • His Coming. His Deity. His Mission

 

The love of God

  • Calvary
  • Where the love of God was truly manifested

 

The fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  • Comforter, Helper
  • The means to live as THE CHURCH

2 Cor. 13:1-10 – Paul’s passion for the people of God. (Growing into the likeness of Christ)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Oct. 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 Cor. 13:1-10

INTRO THOUGHTS:

  • Final words of exhortation
  • Paul’s concern for their spiritual maturity (example of football players that are talented, but “mentally weak” … make terrible decisions in the heat of the battle)
  • Regardless of all that had happened to him in Corinth, all Paul was concerned about was their sanctification.
  • Saved By Christ, Growing in Christ, Living for Christ
  • 12:19, 13:10 – Building up.
  • Taking Serious our Faith, Sanctification, Spiritual Maturity

 

Warning, Looking, Praying.  THE KEYS TO SPIRITUAL MATURITY/Christ-likeness

 

The Warning – vv. 1-4 (taking sin seriously)

 

I warned those who sinned – v. 2

  • This is where the concept of church discipline comes from
  • Warning those within the body of Christ.
  • WHY WARN? “Warning. Warning.”  TO KEEP SOMEONE FROM HARM.
  • Discipline is in place to help people.

 

In Weakness and Power – vv. 3-4

  • Christ as the example. Humility, yet we know who He is.  He came to serve yet rose victorious
  • Paul had appeared weak but is filled with the authority and power of God.
  • Why did they not recognize it? How was he to prove his power? NO PROOF NEEDED.  Those that are His will recognize those that come in HIS NAME.  THAT IS WHAT THE SPIRIT DOES!!!

Thought –What if they do not hear or do not care? John 16:1-3, 12-15 (READ) they do not recognize the voice of The Father, because they are NOT ONE OF HIS CHILDREN.

 

The Looking – vv. 5-6

 

We need to look, so that we can have ASSURANCE

  • It is crucial that we are sure of our salvation. (From our mind to our heart.
  • I know that I know.

 

Look in before we look out.

  • Me before I judge others.

 

Examine Yourself – v.5

  • Look and see. (The Word is my Light)
  • I am ok. What I believe.  Who I am in the faith
  • IF, people would just examine themselves… they would get right or get saved. I do not know, BUT GOD DOES.

 

Test Yourself – v. 5

  • Your actions prove your faith (The Word is the Light)
  • My life matches what the purposes, plan and promises of God’s Word teach.

 

Fail the test (not approved) – v. 6

  • The ultimate test is Jesus Christ. Are we IN CHRIST or not?
  • Matthew 7:21-23 – I NEVER KNEW YOU

 

The Praying – vv. 7-10

 

Seeking God.  The nuts and bolts of who we are in Christ.

  • We commune with Him. For obedience. For restoration. For maturity/growth

 

Do not do wrong – v. 7

  • The do and the do nots. We pray because we want to be right.  Live Right, Think Right. Do Right.

 

ACCORDING TO/BASED ON

 

Against the truth/Only for the truth – v. 8

  • Simple, yet so profound. The Bible is the Truth of God.  His Word is sufficient.

 

For our Restoration – v. 9 (receiving forgiveness)

  • Paul would be glad to consider himself weak, so that they may be strong

 

For our Building up – v. 10 (maturing into the likeness of Christ)

  • The heart of Paul was the BUILDING UP OF OTHERS… NOT TEARING DOWN.
  • BUILDING UP. INTO THE LIKENESS OF CHRIST
  • The more I serve, the more I know, the more I accomplish…IT SHOULD MANIFEST ITSELF INTO CHRIST-LIKENESS.

 


SCRIPTURE REFERENCES:

2 Corinthians 13:1–10 – [1] This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. [2] I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them—[3] since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. [4] For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

[5] Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! [6] I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. [7] But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. [8] For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. [9] For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. [10] For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down. (ESV)

 

John 16:1–3 – [1] “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. [2] They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. [3] And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. (ESV)

 

John 16:12–15 – [12] “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. [13] When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. [14] He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. [15] All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (ESV)

 

Matthew 7:21–23 – [21] “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. [22] On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ [23] And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (ESV)

 

2 Corinthians 12:11-21 “The Fruits of a True Leader” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday, Oct. 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 12:11-21 “The Fruits of a True Leader” part 2

From part 1 on Sept. 22nd

Perspective – v. 11

Patience – v. 12a

Trust – v. 12b

 Sacrifice – vv. 13-15

 

Part 2 – Oct. 13th

Intro thoughts/remarks

  • Paul closes out his discussion proving his apostolic ministry/calling
  • His ministry proves who he was.
  • His consistent legacy in ministry
  • Leaders make an impact. Christian leaders make an eternal impact.  Paul was the real deal, not a false prophet.  His results will pay dividends for all eternity.
  • The fruits of a true leader.

 

Matthew 7:15–20 – [15] “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. [16] You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? [17] So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. [18] A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. [19] Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [20] Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. (ESV)

 

The Fruits of Leadership:

Integrity – vv. 16-18

Did I? Paul was asking them to remember his ministry.  He sent Titus and his brother.

Take advantage of you. Pure motives.

  • What are our motives? Self?  The Kingdom?

 

1 Peter 3:13–17[13] Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? [14] But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, [15] but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, [16] having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. [17] For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. (ESV)

 

Proverbs 12:22 – Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight. (ESV)

 

Proverbs 21:3 – To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. (ESV)

 

Reverence – v. 19a (Holy Fear)

 

He was God fearing

In the sight of God. Paul realized that man is and always will be accountable to God.

  • How we live. – Are set apart or blending in
  • How we listen. – Reading, Studying, Praying (IN FAITH)
  • How we love. – God and others

 

2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” (ESV)

 

Edification– v. 19b

 

Encouraged people to grow in their faith.

All for your upbuilding, beloved. A passion for building up.

A passion for people. (stinky sheep)

A ONE ANOTHER life. (it is easier to do life alone. It is easier to not love one another)

 

Ephesians 4:1–7 – [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. [7] But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (ESV)

 

Ephesians 4:11–16 – [11] And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, [12] to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, [13] until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, [14] so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. [15] Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, [16] from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (ESV)

 

Conviction – vv. 20-21

(strong persuasion or belief .  Merriam-Webster)

  • A conviction motivated by his love for the Lord and for them.
  • DO WE EVEN CARE?
  • Loved pointing people to right. (Teach, Encourage, Lead)
  • Conviction is recognizing wrong in others and also in us. Both require repentance.
  • That you may find me not as you wish. Because of their behavior… Paul knew he would need to rebuke and admonish. They did not really want that.  (Most do not like to be corrected!)

 

 

 SCRIPTURE REFERENCE

2 Corinthians 12:11–21 – [11] I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. [12] The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. [13] For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!

 

[14] Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. [15] I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? [16] But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit. [17] Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you? [18] I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps?

 

[19] Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved. [20] For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. [21] I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced. (ESV)

 

 

Communion Sunday. The Gospel is Enough.

The Gospel.  The Good News of Jesus Christ.

  • Who He is
  • What He came to do
  • What it means to you and I

 

Who He is – GOD

 

John 1:1–5 – [1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. [4] In him was life, and the life was the light of men. [5] The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (ESV)

In the beginning

  • The Word – His deity

 

The Gospel fulfills all the promises of the OT

Matt. 1:1-17

  • Lineage from King David and Abraham
  • All the stories and promises of the Bible point to the coming of Jesus.
  • 14 generations point to God’s purpose and perfect plan.

 

What He came to do

Redeem, Give New Life, Restore, Save, Deliver

 

Matt. 4:23 & Matt. 9:35 (USHER IN THE COVENANT)

  • Proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom (as He went/ministered)
  • It is a message of newness. NEW KINGDOM. NEW LIFE. NEW KING.
  • NEW KING. Leading His People. Lord and Ruler.
    • REIGN, RULE, RELATIONSHIP

 

Matt. 24:14

  • The Gospel of the Kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world.
  • (the fulfillment of the Great Commission)

 

Matthew 1:18–21 – [18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. [19] And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. [20] But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. [21] She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (ESV)

 

Matthew 26:26–29 – [26] Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” [27] And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, [28] for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. [29] I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (ESV)

 

This was accomplished on the Cross

1 Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, (ESV).

 

John 19:30 – It is finished

 

The was accomplished at the resurrection

Romans 6:1–6 – [1] What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? [2] By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? [3] Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? [4] We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

[5] For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. [6] We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (ESV)

This was accomplished by the coming of the Spirit

Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

 

What is means to us. (Observe Communion)

  • Recognize who Christ is.
  • What He did.
  • How it impacts our life.

 

We must repent of our sin and place our faith in Christ.

  1. He Gave His Life
  2. He Shed His Blood

 

We must recognize our need and receive forgiveness of Sin.

Ephesians 2:8–10 – [8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 12:11-21 “The Fruits of a True Leader” part 1

My sermon notes for Sunday, Sept. 22nd  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 12:11-21 “The Fruits of a True Leader”

 

Intro thoughts/remarks

  • Paul closes out his discussion proving his apostolic ministry/calling.
  • His ministry proves who he was. His consistent legacy in ministry
  • Leaders make an impact. Christian leaders make an eternal impact.  Paul was the real deal, not a false prophet.  His results will pay dividends for all eternity.
  • The fruits of a true leader.

 

Matthew 7:15–20 – [15] “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. [16] You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? [17] So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. [18] A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. [19] Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [20] Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. (ESV)

 

The Fruits of Leadership:

 

Perspective – v. 11

  • For I was not inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am weak.
  • Remember vv. 1-10. [9] But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (ESV)
  • Even after great visions and revelations… He kept a healthy perspective of himself and his calling. WHO HE WAS AND WHAT GOD HAD ASKED HIM TO DO.
  • Him nothing.  Who He was in Christ… Everything!!!

 

Patience – v. 12a

  • Endurance through adversity
  • How do we respond in tough times and when we do not get our way?
  • How do we respond in good times and everything goes our way?
  • Colossians 1:9–14 – v.11 – being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;
  • Philippians 3:13–16 – [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

 

Trust – v. 12b

  • Sings and wonders and mighty works. People coming to faith in Christ.  LIFE CHANGE.
  • Trust the process (leadership term)
  • He was faithful to the means of Grace.
  • Trusted the means to which brings about conversion and growth.
  • He was authentic. He preached it and he lived it. He pointed people to the hope of the Gospel.

 

Sacrifice – vv. 13-15

  • Were you less favored than the other churches… except I did not burden you.
  • Sarcastically… Forgive me this wrong. For not asking for your money!
  • Visit 1. Founding of the church and 1.5 year stay (Acts 18:11). Visit 2. Painful visit between writing 1 Cor and 2 Cor.
  • Seek not your things, but you. Paul’s concern for them and their heart.  Just as Parent loves their child.
  • Spend and be Spent for their souls. Willing to give of himself for the church and their salvation and sanctification.

 

Part 2

Honesty – vv. 16-18

 

Reverence – v. 19a

 

Edification– v. 19b

 

Conviction – vv. 20-21

 

 


Scripture References:

2 Corinthians 12:11–21 – [11] I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. [12] The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. [13] For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!

[14] Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. [15] I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? [16] But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit. [17] Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you? [18] I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps?

[19] Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved. [20] For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. [21] I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced. (ESV)

Colossians 1:9–14 – [9] And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, [10] so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; [11] being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; [12] giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. [13] He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, [14] in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)

Philippians 3:13–16 – [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)