Summary: Always Yes in Christ! – 2 Corinthians chapter 1 verses 12 to chapter 2 verses 11– sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Clear Conscience (vs 12-24).
A Compassionate Heart (vs 1-11).
A Conquering Faith (vs 12-17).
• Anyone know what these words have in common?
• ‘Gadget, Nemesis, Stoplight, Status quo, Internet, Eureka, Kamikaze,
• Connoisseur, Vice versa, Karate, Déjà vu, Gringo, Prima donna, Baptism’
• They are all transliterated words,
• Instead of translating the word into English;
• We just adopted that word or phrase into our language.
Now one of those transliterated words is the word ‘Amen’.
• If you listen to a person pray in Chinese or Japanese or Swahili;
• Or German or French or Russian or Arabic,
• There is a good chance that you will understand at least one word of their prayer!
• The last word they say, "Amen"
• It may be pronounced slightly differently,
• But you will nearly always be able to pick it out.
• It was used in the Hebrew Old Testament;
• And the Greek New Testament adopted it;
• And they transliterated it into their language.
• And it seems every other language has done the same!
• It is practically a universal word.
• Sometimes the word is translated in our Bibles as:
• “Surely, Sure, Truth, Verily and Amen!”
Quote: Bible scholar E.W. Bullinger says:
“When it is used as an adjective, it means FIRM.
As a metaphor it means FAITHFUL.
As an adverb it means Verily, Truly, or Certainly.”
• So if you use the word at the start of a sentence it means:
• “This is sure-fire truth, Assuredly so, and Certainly so”
• If it is used at the end of a sentence it means ‘SO BE IT’,
• Or, “Yes, I want that to be true”.
• The word ‘Amen’ is significant in verse 20:
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God”
• The apostle Paul makes a simple point;
• God always, always keeps his promises!
• He traffics in truth!
• The Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson
• (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.)
• Tells of a storm that caught hold of a ship;
• The storm threatened to drive the ship towards a rocky coast,
• It would have been destruction for both the ship and the crew and passengers.
• In the midst of the terror, one daring man,
• Disobeyed orders and went up to the deck,
• He then made the dangerous walk towards the pilot house.
• As he opened the door and looked in he saw the Captain,
• At his post holding the wheel unwaveringly,
• Inch by inch, the Captain was turning the ship from danger to safety;
• The Captain saw the passenger watching him and smiled.
• Then, the daring passenger went below and shouted out to the other passengers:
• "I have seen the face of the Captain, and he smiled. All is well."
• TRANSITION: We know the character of our Captain;
• He tells us “All is well!”
• What he says he will do! God always, always keeps his promises!
Note: Background info:
• The Apostle Paul was going to have to cling to the promises of God;
• Because the background to this letter is stormy seas!
Quote: A poet wrote:
• “Christ is no security against storms,
• But He is perfect security in the storm.
• He does not promise an easy passage,
• But he does guarantee a safe landing.”
• TRANSITION: The apostle Paul will say a loud, “Amen!” to that.
• He is facing a stormy situation;
• But he knows that God will see him through it!
Now there were three things that were troubling him and shaking him up.
• The apostle Paul had changed his plans;
• And the opponents of Paul saw this as Paul not keeping his promise.
• Misunderstands can often lead to deep wounds.
• Question: Have you ever been misunderstood?
• Answer: Of course you have!
• But have you ever been seriously misunderstood and perhaps suffered for it;
• Perhaps losing promotion at work,
• Perhaps losing a friendship which you valued,
• Perhaps even losing your good name among people whom you respected,
• Suffering an injury not in your body or your bank balance,
• But in your reputation, having your character called into question.
• The apostle Paul has been misunderstood by his critics at in the church at Corinth.
• He founded that church six years before he wrote this letter;
• But six years is a long time in Church life!
• The church at Corinth has grown;