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Summary: Part B--v-vi 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’--XV—2Corinthians 5:9--6:10...

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

Part B of point 14 in the series.

Attention:

Ask, “Do we have any ministers in the house today?”

If there are any takers, ask them to describe their ministry.

*Relate to everyone, that if they belong to God thru Christ Jesus, then they are ministers by default!

The glowing term ‘ministry’ sounds like it might be wonderfully satisfying & fulfilling...& it is! But along with acting by God’s will there are many devilish & mundane things to which every minister must be attentive! Attention to these things can either derail or bolster the most well intentioned saint.

No matter how we worship together corporately, much more is required to bring about the actuality than may be considered/grasped by the receivers of such.

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)

And as part of the Significance of this New Creation, we have found that Paul Commended his apostolic ministry & Timothy’s ministry to the Corinthian church thru a concise 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. PRACTICAL REALITIES Of MINISTRY(6:3-10)

A. OFFENSE & BLAME(6:3)

B. MINISTRY COMMENDATIONS(6:4ff.)

Some Commendations as ministers of God are...

i. Patience(6:4)

ii. Tribulations

iii. Needs

iv. Distresses

Continuing our look at MINISTRY COMMENDATIONS we find a 5th commendation....>.>.>.>.>.>.>

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

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

B. MINISTRY COMMENDATIONS(CONT...)

6:5—“in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;”

A 5th Commendation as ministers of God...

“in stripes”

Comes by means of “stripes.” i.e., A Commendable Ministry is delivered in the package of “stripes.”

That is, physical floggings/scourgings[most often publicly administered]. Mistreatment of ministers of Christ thru governing authorities was the apostle’s unwelcome expectation.


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