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Summary: Part A of point 14. Paul commended his apostolic ministry to the Corinthian church thru a list of practical realities within which he operated. The significance of being a new creation in Christ is played out in the Practical Realities of Ministry.

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‘The Significance Of A New Creation’--XII—2Corinthians 5:9--6:10...

14. The PRACTICAL REALITIES Of MINISTRY-A—2Corinthians 6:3-10...

Part A of point 14 in the series, ‘The Significance Of A New Creation’

Attention:

Ask the congregation, “What did you want to be when you grew up?”

Field answers from the congregation. Repeat them for all to hear. Some are actually livin’ the dream!

One joking response from an older man in his 70’s was, “I wanted to be an adult!? Of course the obvious question came, “Was your dream fulfilled?!”

No matter what we dreamed of being or doing, much more was required to bring about the actuality or to live out the dream, than was considered/grasped at its origin.

A true Christian receives a new nature.

Need:

*The key to our verses is 2Cor. 5:17—“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Paul clarified the significance of being a new creation in Christ to the Corinthian church.

But what is significant about being a new creation in Christ?

14 significations/signifiers of being a new creation in Christ.

Previously we have found that A new creation is significant in its New...

1. PLEASUREs(5:9)

2. RECEPTION(5:10)

3. PERSUASION(5:11)

4. OPPORTUNITY(5:12)

5. SOUND INSANITY(5:13)Risk

6. LOVE(5:14-15)

7. CONSIDERATIONS(5:16)

8. NEWNESS/Creativeness(5:17)

9. RELATIONSHIP--Reconciliation(5:18-19)

10. INSTRUMENTATION/Mediation(5:20)

11. RIGHTEOUSNESS(5:21)

12. VIEW Of VANITY(6:1)

13. URGENCY(6:2)

Today we will see that Paul commended his apostolic ministry to the Corinthian church thru a list of Practical Realities within which he operated.

The significance of being a new creation in Christ is played out in the Practical Realities of Ministry.

We are going to examine the significance of these Practical Realities one-by-one.

14—A new creation is significant in the...

PRACTICAL REALITIES Of MINISTRY-A(6:3-10)

No OFFENSE & BLAME(6:3)

Explanation:(6:3-10)

6:3—“We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.”

Any “offense” brought to apostolic “ministry” would mean a loss of souls FROM the kingdom of heaven & thus a loss of souls TO hell.

Likewise, any “offense” brought to my “ministry” or your “ministry” would mean a loss of souls FROM the kingdom of heaven & thus a loss of souls TO hell.

No “ministry” of God itself should ever be able to be held “blameworthy”—that an accusation would ‘stick’ or be deserved in actuality—as being unusable by God to accomplish what is stated in word & lived out—in what one’s hands are put to & the manner in which they are employed. Thereby the minister of one’s particular “ministry” must be “blameless,” for the sake of the Good News.

No true God-ordained “ministry” is to be held as ‘inconsequential’ by others. And it won’t be if we are faithful! “Ministry” effectiveness as well as Loss of effectiveness must be correctly construed.


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