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Summary: Part B-i 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’--XIII—2Corinthians 5:9--6:10...

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

Part B-i of point 14 in the series.

Attention:

There is a Subaru commercial(2015-16) which opens with a little boy(4-5 yrs. old) driving up in a toy electric car. Dad turns to his son, dangles the keys to the car in front of him, & asks, “Ya’ ready?”(to drive). Before the son answers, the next scenes show the son’s thought processes as he ponders his father’s question—He sees himself off to work, passing his saddened friends at home--The boy sees his car receiving a parking ticket as he hurriedly hollers at the ticketing officer, “I was only gone for 5 minutes!”--The boy sees himself dropping off his Dad at work. Dad gets out & turns to his sons reminding him to pick him up at after work. The son is driving in his pajamas, disheveled, rubs his forehead & lets out an anguished sigh--He sees himself leaving the grocery store with a bag of groceries which breaks open spilling its contents in the parking lot. He lets out another anguished cry.--Lastly, The boy sees himself impatiently & angrily stuck in traffic & lets out another anguished cry of frustration.

Then the boy satisfactorily responds to his Dad’s question, “Dad, No , I’m good.” as he drives off in his toy electric car.

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.

There is great significance to 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)

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

A. OFFENSE & BLAME(6:3)

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--B(6:3-10)

B. MINISTRY COMMENDATIONS(6:4-10)

6:4—“But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,”


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