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Living Letters (Epistles)

11 Cor. 3:2-3

Statement: A Christian is the world’s Bible; so validity, depending on the person being read, etc…………. life being of such evidence manifested; to obvious to ignore.

Paul responds in letter due to outsiders trying to lead the body of Christ (Church) to mistrust against him. Things must be straightened out; He was charged with being egotistical braggart, recommending himself among other things. Paul declares his competency, integrity and uses his character, and personality to promote the ministry to wart off the vicious attack.

Outsiders to the church causes havoc, stirs hatred, and haunts the body with vain heiresses, brings dis-ease

Paul writes to herd off false apostles who would use the church for references in an attempt to confirm their work as travelers (they needed letters to authenticate them).

In literature it is style we pay attention to: Paul’s writing style

Ask a question, then answers it; v.1 Should we brag, etc

He called Christians epistles, letters- the character of communication must always be determined by the nature of the medium through which it shall be made

Pail was evidence of his speech- Do I need a letter?

Think on a letter, what it does, says, etc

You are the expression of our labor

The Church- doesn’t need to write, but live

A. Reveal the material invested in them

B. Legible lives expressed in community service

C. Indented behavior practiced

D. Spaced attitudes exemplified

The way they lived could be read plainly and clearly

Letters written well are understood

Pail expressed- what you are lives inside is (our hearts for all to read), v.2 infested with Pail’s teachings

The Church is that writing, etc…………………………………

Paul’s declaration (statement) as letters, v.3

When presenting a letter, the author states the communication as authentic when referring to correct data from other and many reliable sources

Paul states, ministered by us, v.3a

A. Personal performances and efforts

B. Labor in the word, consistently with them

C. Sanctioned by our commitment- 3 yrs.

The endeavors of the team gleaned to their benefit abroad

YOUR VERY LIVES ARE A LETTER THAT ANYONE CAN READ

Letters spread by carriers of the message, etc

Note: Writing starts in the brain first then to the heart, then to the hands, etc

Paul says, not with ink, not in tables, but in fleshly tables of the heart

One point may be- the old style of writing- tables on stone, like the ten commandments,(Exodus) hand writing on the wall,(Daniel) etc

His point: Larger Hands are involved here

A. They are Christ credentials

B. Christ styled to live

C. Christ fonted

The spirit of the living God makes alive

Church can impact the world when she allow larger hands to dictate

Remember, not all writings are sold, books are fancy, etc but the message isn’t strong enough to make a difference, the book fails

Somebody need to read the churches letters

Write your letter into a life today, like Paul


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