2 CORINTHIANS 4

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2 Corinthians 4:1-5

THE MINISTRY!

 

Each of us who are Christians are servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.

That means that we are his ministers!  We are full time servants, even

if we do not supported by our ministry for Christ. Everyone of us

should remember these things about the ministry:

 

1. THERE'S MERCY FOR MINISTRY Vs. 1

2. THERE'S A METHOD FOR MINISTRY Vs. 2 (Honesty)

3. THERE'S A MOTIVE FOR MINISTRY Vs. 3

(When the Gospel is hidden, it's hidden to those who are lost!)

4. THERE'S A MENACE TO THE MINISTRY Vs. 4 (Satan, the god

of this world).

5. THERE'S A MASTER IN THE MINISTRY Vs. 5 (The Lord Jesus

Christ)

 

 

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2 Corinthians 4:1-5

SERVING GOD

 

Every Christian should desire to serve God. The Apostle Paul gives us an example of how to serve effectively.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF COURAGE - Vs. 1

God has given us something to do. We must do not fainting, but receiving mercy. God's mercy can get us through any problem.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF CONDUCT - Vs. 2

We are not to act or handle God's Word in a deceitful way.  We are to openly display the truth.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF CONCERN - Vs. 3

If the good news about Jesus is hidden, it is hidden from those who are lost.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF CONFLICT - Vs. 4

Satan has blinded the minds of unbelievers.

 

SERVING GOD IS A MATTER OF COMMITMENT - Vss. 5

We are to preach Christ and not ourselves.

We are servants to others for Jesus sake.

 

 

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FAITHFUL!

2 Corinthians 4:1-6

 

As faithful servants of Jesus Christ we are to be faithful! 1 Corinthians 4:2

Our text shows us ways to be faithful as Christ's servants.

 

FAITHFUL IN INTENSITY- Vs. 1

"We faint not." We are intense in our dedication to Christ. Galatians 2:20

 

FAITHFUL IN INTEGRITY - Vs. 2

Instead of being deceitful and dishonest we are to manifest the truth.

 

FAITHFUL IN IMPORTANCE - Vss. 3-4

We realize that a hidden Gospel is hidden to those who are lost.  We know how important it is to get the Gospel out.

 

FAITHFUL IN INTEREST - Vss. 5-6

We are so interested in people coming to Christ, that we are not to preach ourselves but Christ and to consider ourselves the servants of others for Jesus' sake.

 

 

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2 Corinthians 4:1-7

MEN WANTED

 

COURAGEOUS MEN – Vs. 1

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

COMPETENT MEN – Vs. 2

But 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.

CONCERNED MEN – Vss. 3-4

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In 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.

CONSISTENT MEN – Vss. 5-6

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For 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.

CONTROLLED MEN – Vs. 7

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

 

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2 Corinthians 4:1-10

SO YOU WANT TO SERVE THE LORD

 

The greatest privilege in my life is to be a born-again Christian.

The next greatest privilege in my life is to be the Lord's servant.

If you want to serve the Lord, Paul gives you some pointers about that service in our text.

 

1. YOU HAVE MERCY - Vs. 1

2. YOU NEED INTEGRITY - Vs. 2

3. YOU HAVE AN ENEMY - Vss. 3-4

4. YOU NEED A PRIORITY - Vss. 5-6

5. YOU NEED EXCELLENCY - Vs. 7

6. YOU NEED VICTORY - Vss. 8-10

 

 

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2 Corinthians 4:5-10

IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING

 

THE PREACHING IS GLORIOUS – Vss. 5-6

It is of Christ who shines in our hearts.

 

THE POWER IS GOD’S – Vs. 7

 

THE PROBLEMS ARE SURMOUNTABLE – Vss. 8-9

 

THE PURPOSE IS CLEAR – Vs. 10

 

 

 

 

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