Paul Mulroney 21st September 2014 (2 Corinthians 4:1-18)

Paul Mulroney, September 21, 2014
Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
  • Read 2 Corinthians 4.
  • vs1: The Good newss
  • vs2: The gospel is not our message
  • vs3,4: Gospel is sweet fragrance to those who are being saved. Prevenient Grace - God works on us before we even acknowledge him.
  • vs5: It's not about us. When you talk about the struggles and trials in your life, it's about speaking about the power of God operating in your circumstances
  • vs7:This precious treasure is within us so everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and not our own.
  • vs8,9: Never give up! We are being made into the likeness of Christ. Make a sculpture - chip away anything that shouldn't be there.
  • Painful process. Not easy to go through this. Don't give up!
  • Like physical fitness, also need spiritual fitness.
  • vs10: God is on display in our bodies
  • vs16,17:never give up. Balance light and momentary afflictions vs the weight of glory in heaven
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    2 Corinthians 4:1-18

    1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (KJV)

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