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Summary: God calls us to be reconcille with Him. He then calls us to be a bridge so others can be reconciled with God almighty.

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MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION

2 CORINTHIANS 5:11-21

SERMON TITLE :MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION.

I CAUTIOUSLY NAME IT THAT WITH THE THOUGHT I KNOW SOME WILL THINK OF PEOPLE WHO SHOULD MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS AND STAY OUT OF PEOPLE’S LIVES/ MAYBE EVEN YOUR LIFE.

PAUL LAYS A GROUNDWORK OF WHAT A MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION IS.

HE TELLS US SINCE WE UNDERSTAND THE FEAR OF THE LORD. WE SHOULD PERSUADE AND TELL OTHERS

IF WERE CONSIDERED CRAZY, WE ARE TO BE CRAZY FOR JESUS.

IF WE ARE CONSIDERED IN OUR RIGHT MIND, IT IS TO LET OTHERS KNOW WHAT JESUS HAS DONE IN OUR LIFE.

FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION, THE BIBLE IS GOD TRYING TO RECONCILE WITH MANKIND.

FROM THE FALL OF ADAM AND EVE (BEAR WITH ME IF YOU ALREADY GET THIS) GOD HAS TRIED TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN MAN AND GOD.

JESUS CHRIST CAME (GAVE UP HEAVEN) TO WALK THIS EARTH AND DIE ON THE CROSS SO THAT A HOLY GOD COULD RECONCILE WITH SINFUL MAN.

HE TELLS US THAT HIS SPIRIT WILL BEAR WITNESS WITH OUR SPIRIT THAT WE ARE THE SONS OF GOD.

PAUL TELL US IN BEGINNING 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10

“FOR WE MUST APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, THAT EACH ONE MAY RECEIVE WHAT IS DUE HIM FOR THE THINGS DONE WHILE IN THE BODY WEATHER GOOD OR BAD.

IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF WEATHER WE WILL STAND BEFORE JESUS AND ACCOUNT FOR OUR LIVES. THAT IS A FACT. EACH ONE OF US WILL DO THAT. THE QUESTION IS WHAT WILL HE SAY TO YOU WHEN YOU STAND THERE.

ENTER IN THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT...

DEPART FROM ME I NEVER KNEW YOU....

DEATH IS A FUNNY THING. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY LOVE JESUS, BUT MOST ARE NOT READY TO DIE TO SEE HIM.

I HAVE OVER THE YEARS OF MINISTRY SEEN PEOPLE READY TO DIE AND I HAVE SEEN SOME SCARE TO DEATH. I HAVE SEEN SOME ANXIOUS AND WORRIED OF THE UNKNOWN, AND I HAVE SEEN SOME WITH A PEACE THAT COULD ONLY COME FROM GOD HIMSELF.

WEBSTER’S DEFINITION OF RECONCILE:

TO RESTORE TO FRIENDSHIP, OR HARMONY.

IF WE UNDERSTAND WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR US, THERE SHOULD BE NO FEAR OF DYING.

WE UNDERSTAND THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS A REVERENCE OF WHO GOD IS AND WHAT HE HAD DONE FOR US, IT WILL COMPEL US , TO DRIVE US, URGE US, TO LIVE FOR JESUS AND BRING THE MESSAGE OF RECONCILIATION TO THOSE AROUND US.

SO WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS PASSAGE.

3 POINTS / HERE THEY ARE

I. GOD DESIRES TO RECONCILE WITH YOU AND I

II. GOD DESIRES US TO BE NEW CREATIONS

III. GOD DESIRES US TO BE CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS

I. GOD DESIRES TO RECONCILE WITH YOU AND I

WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST. NONE OF US WILL BE ABLE TO STAND BEFORE THE LORD AND SAY I DIDN’T KNOW.

LET THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST SINK DEEP INTO YOUR SOUL?

JESUS CHRIST LOVES YOU NOT ONLY THE WORLD, BUT YOU.

HE KNOWS EVERY BAD THING ABOUT YOU AND HE LOVES YOU ANYWAY.

ROMANS 5:6-

“YOU SEE, AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME WHEN WE WERE STILL POWERLESS CHRIST DIED FOR THE UNGODLY.”

EPHESIANS 2:13-

“BUT NOW IN CHRIST JESUS YOU WHO ONCE WERE FAR AWAY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT NEAR THOUGH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.”

V 19- CONSEQUENTLY YOU ARE NO LONGER FOREIGNERS AND ALIENS BUT FELLOW CITIZENS WITH GOD’S PEOPLE AND MEMBERS OF GOD’S HOUSEHOLD.

GOD HAS BRIDGED THE GAP THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH ALMIGHTY GOD.


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