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November 10, 2013 Sermon Notes

Posted on Nov 10 at 06:44am

Marks of a Disciple // Marked By Reaching Neighbors

Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Words on Reaching Others

1. Matthew 28:18-20

2. Mark 16:15-16

3. Luke 24:46-49

4. John 20:21-22

5. Acts 1:8

Main Text for Today: 2 Corinthians 4:3-7

1. Aware of the Reality (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

A. Blinded to the Gospel

1) Hardness of their own hearts and minds

John 3:19-20 – love the darkness, run from the light

2) Blinded by the god of this world, Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4)

B. Perishing

Original thought: “to be ruined and you can no longer serve the use for which you were designed.”

Jesus expands on this: eternal ruin, separation from God, and punishment because of your rebellion

2. Awakened to the Solution (2 Corinthians 4:5-6)

A. Our motivation: the gospel has broken through in us and we desire for it to break through in others

B. Our message: the “good news” of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and reign

Definition: What is the gospel? Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the grave in order to rescue sinners from eternal judgment and to reconcile them to God. (I Corinthians 15:1-3)

Term gospel in Greco-Roman culture was a technical term for “news of victory.” Messenger raises his right hand and says, “rejoice, we are victorious.”

We’ve made the gospel something it’s not; therefore, we’ve presented it in terms that don’t accurately reflect the truth

1. The gospel is not attending church

2. The gospel is not cleaning up your life. It’s not about growing up, or being more responsible, or “acting right.”

3. The gospel is not choosing the right cultural worldview or political party

4. The gospel is not getting baptized

5. The gospel is not becoming a member of a church or a Baptist church

6. The gospel is not religious bloodlines

7. The gospel is not making a spiritual decision or having an emotional religious experience

8. The gospel is not helping the poor or fighting injustice

C. Our method: servanthood, like Jesus (4:5).

Video: Reach Our Community

3. Abandoned to God’s Use (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Unashamed, unafraid, wholly consumed by what you have inside, not what it looks like on the outside

Jars of Clay: common metaphor for human weakness (ESV Study Bible, 2228)

Common, fragile, broken, dirty, little value. Yet, we hold the greatest treasure imaginable – the Gospel

Video: Reach Your Neighbors

What do I do?

1. Pray

2. Be Intentional

3. Be Sensitive

4. Build relationships

5. Share how God is working in you

6. Share the gospel that changed you