Summary: Graduation is not an end but a new beginning. The same holds true for each step of your Christian walk.

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May 25, 2014

Morning Worship

Text: 2 Corinthians 3:17 – 4:12

Subject: Graduation/Memorial Day

Title: The Next Phase of Life

We have two reasons to celebrate today. 1) We recognize our veterans and all those who have given their lives in order for you to have the freedoms that you have. Men and women in our armed forces have willingly placed themselves in harm’s way to keep our nation free and we are thankful for their sacrifice. I also like to think of the Christians throughout history who have laid aside their personal wishes in order to further the kingdom of God. 2) We celebrate the graduation of one of our students. One of the things I love about being a dad and a grandpa and even a pastor is to watch our young ones grow up. With our own children we marked every new phase of their lives as an opportunity to rejoice. From going to school for the first time to making it through sixth grade and playing ball and making friends… Then junior high with the 8th grade dance and high school graduation. In the middle of all that our daughters experienced a different type of graduation. It was during their teen years that each of them were born again and graduated to a new type of life – a life in Christ. Then it was on to college and weddings and their own children and the cycle continues.

My point is this… your life is a series of graduations. From school to work to retirement… it is never intended to be a time where you just stop being. Even those of you who have been around in the battles of life and who have been Christians for a long time The phase of life that you are in is intended to be a graduation to a new level from where you were.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NKJV)

17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 4:1-12 (NKJV)

1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.

2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake.

6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

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