Sermons on 2 Corinthians
Thanksgiving and generosity are linked. It begins with a thankful heart, which leads to a generous spirit, which builds even more thankfulness; at least it is supposed to work that way!
If we are going to employ the Spiritual weapons in our lives, we have to be qualified–and we have to take careful aim. Surprisingly, the first target is our self….
Self-sufficiency and self-reliance are things that we like to see in our friends and family. As parents, we raise our children to be self-sufficient and self-reliant. The problem with this approach is that it leads us to ignore God. We say that we believe in God’s grace for our salvation but then we live each day as if we no longer need His grace. What we need, in order to be the church that God wants us to be, is…
Obedience is a topic we might avoid in the church. Oh, we want our children to be obedient–but we are hesitant to think about ourselves as being obedient. However, the Bible tells us that God prefers obedience to sacrifice. Even more importantly, since we are called to be warriors, we must become obedient warriors.
Giving is always a touchy subject. The Apostle Paul made a very clear point about giving–the more you seed you sow, the greater the harvest! There are blessings when we give cheerfully, willingly and freely.
Giving gets a bad rap–especially when churches start talking about giving. However, if we read the Bible, we find out that giving is meant to be an act of grace, and it is meant to be a normal part of the Christian experience.
Humans are weird–we are easily addicted to things. All of humanity shares one addiction, that of being addicted to sin. It makes each of us somewhat broken, and until we are reconciled to God, fully, we will remain broken.
We have been the recipients of a wonderful gift–God’s grace! In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul warns his readers not to waste this gift. Rather, they are to embrace whatever path their life takes, and act freely to share this gift with others. So, do you have the freedom to act in accordance with God’s grace?
We can probably all agree that anyone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ is called to “do good.” We are supposed to be a people who are known by their good works. What can be debatable is what exactly those good works look like…
“I believed, and so I spoke.” Those were the words of Paul, quoting from Psalm 116:10. He also declared that we are the “jars of clay” that contain a great treasure, a light that has been planted into our hearts. Our job is to share this light…