In Christ (2 Corinthians 5:16-20)

Key Idea: Being an ambassador for Christ is the outworking of our salvation in Christ.   I. The Gospel changes how we view ourselves   “Union with Christ means we are in Christ, Christ is in us, we are like Christ, and we are with Christ” (Wayne Grudem)   II. The Gospel changes how we view others   By living out our “new creation” identity, we are able to truly see people for who they are. A. It free us from living out our fear of suffering and persecution B. It frees us......

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Fear and Love (2 Corinthians 5:11-15)

Key idea: To live as ambassadors for Christ, we must experience fear and embrace love I. We must experience a fear of the Lord We must fear the Lord for others We must fear the Lord for ourselves II. We must embrace Christ’s love God’s love saves and sanctifies us God’s love secures and satisfies us...

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Living in Light of Eternity (2 Corinthians 5:6-10)

Theme of 2 Corinthians: The paradox of Christian life and ministry is that to be faithful in affliction, you must find strength in weakness. Key Idea: Being an ambassador for Christ means seeing and living life, in light of eternity. 1. Being an Ambassador for Christ is about seeing life in light of eternity (verses 6-8) Faith is seeing the physical realities of life in light of the spiritual realities that really govern life. a. Faith guards against letting physical appearances govern our lives b. Faith allows us to see the spiritual realities that actually......

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Not Home Yet (2 Corinthians 5:1-5)

Key Idea: If we want to be faithful ambassadors for Christ, then each of us must be convinced of the hope of eternity. “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next…it is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one.” -C.S. Lewis 1. Our future glory 2. This present groaning The Spirit as a guarantee (v. 5) Gives us eyes of faith to see......

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We Are a People of Unshakeable Faith (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 We are People of Unshakeable Faith Key Idea: Our faith in Christ allows us to see our lives and our world differently. Truth #1: We see present day loss in light of our future hope (vv. 1-5) Truth #2: We see present day life having eternal ramifications (vv. 6-10) Principles to making a faithful decision Seek to apply biblical principles that Christians should worship together. We must understand the precautions being taken. Consider your own life situation. Seek the counsel of other godly brothers and sisters. Go to God in......

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His Poverty, Our Riches (2 Corinthians 8:9)

Key Idea: Grace means that through the poverty of Christ, we become rich. I. We will appreciate Grace when we understand the necessity of it II. We will appreciate Grace when we understand the costliness of it Jesus’ poverty refers to becoming human Jesus’ poverty refers to the cross III. We will appreciate Grace when we understand the blessing of it To be rich means we have forgiveness To be rich means we have everyday grace To be rich means we have a greater purpose in our sufferings To be rich means we......

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