Tomball Bible Church Sermon and Message Audio Podcast
A Pastor's Deepest Desire for the Church
When is it ok to be jealous!? Only when we are jealous to keep Jesus as the love of our lives for ourselves and for others. In our passage, Paul wrote with divine jealousy wanting only one thing for the Corinthian church, sincere and pure devotion to Jesus. This devotion was being distorted and corrupted from false influences within the church; influences tied to Satan himself. When a church holds fast to sincere and pure devotion, such a church (both communally and individually) is lifted up, loved deeply, and protected from corrupting influences.
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
The Unsatisfying Chase of the Self-Satisified Life
Our boast in who we are and what we do is shaped by who Jesus is and what He has uniquely done for us. The problem for us is that our enemy and our sinful hearts lead us to boast in ourselves rather than Christ. This, in turn, leads us on the unsatisfying chase of a self-satisfied life rather than a Spirit-led pursuit of Jesus and His calling on our lives. Keep Jesus and His work for you the boast of your life, and therein, you will find His satisfaction and yours.
2 Corinthians 10:7-18
Waging War Within and Without
Manipulation and deceit should find no home at Tomball Bible Church or in our hearts. These “carnal weapons” were what Paul’s opponents in the churches of Corinth used in their false, underhanded ways. When we resort to deceit, coercion, and manipulation, we no longer represent Christ but rather a twisted, graceless, and spiritually void image of ourselves. This is not the way of Christ. Rather, we are called to wage spiritual warfare relying on the power of God through the “spiritual weapons” given by the Holy Spirit to rightly represent Christ and fight against evil schemes in the external and internal war zones of our lives.
2 Corinthians 10:1-6
The Overflowing Outcomes of Godly Generosity
Giving generously should be a cheerful part of our lives as Christians. We have been given eternity by God through faith in Jesus Christ. This indescribable gift of life in Christ is to be reflected in every aspect of our lives. 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 teaches us why we should give decidedly and cheerfully because of four overflowing outcomes of godly generosity.
Aim at What's Honorable
How we steward resources as a local church really, really matters. Our stewardship is a direct reflection of our desire to honor and worship the Lord as well as to demonstrate fiscal integrity in the sight of people inside and outside the Church. All of us are accountable to steward God’s gifts with faithfulness and integrity. 2 Cor. 8:16-24 provides Paul’s example and biblical guidance in aiming at what is honorable in the sight of God and man.
How is the Cross Shaping Your Generosity?
Summary: Generosity is a mark of a Christ-centered church. Over the next three weeks we will explore the central NT teaching (2 Cor. 8-9) on the expression of generosity in and through the local church. Our generosity is directly tied to our gratitude for the gospel work of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
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