June 24, 2012pm    Open Wide Your Heart.    II Corinthians 6:1-13

by Ron George Jr.at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

What is the grace of God and what does it do in our lives?  Unmerited favor

II Corinthians 6     As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”b I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
Paul’s Hardships
3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

I.What does the grace of God do in our lives? 

  1.  It brings us God’s love.
  2. It gives us God’s salvation.
  3. It makes us one of His children.

II.  God has heard us.

III.  God has helped us.

IV.  God has favored us.  He gives us Himself which is His salvation.

V.  God has sent us to you as a means of making Him and His salvation available.  By His grace He has chosen us and sends us. 

VI.  We make sure we don’t keep anyone from coming to God.  We don’t put any stumbling blocks in anyone’s way.  So that our ministry won’t be  discredited. 

VII.  As God’s servants we go the extra mile.  By God’s grace we:

  1.  Endure greatly.  We have great endurance.
  2. We endure troubles, hardships, and distresses. 
  3. We endure beatings, imprisonments, and riots.
  4. We endure hardwork, sleepless nights, and hunger.
  5. We seek to be pure, understanding, patient, and kind.
  6. We do these things through the Spirit and sincere love.
  7. We do these things through truthful speech and the power of God.

VIII.  We seek to do these things with weapons of righteousness in the left hand and right.  We do the right thing everywhere and every time.

IX.  As God’s servants we may receive glory and dishonor, good reports and bad, 

X.  As God’s servants we are genuine, yet regarded as impostors.

XI.  As God’s servants and by His grace we are known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

XII.  As God’s servants and by His grace we have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.  We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.  As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 26am,2001     Who Are You?     II Corinthians 6:1-16

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

A sermon on Systematic Theological Growth:  Encouraging and enabling students/disciples of Christ to implement the principles of the Bible in our lives. 

What’s My Line?  Can you tell who this is?
Had many troubles, hardships, and distresses.  Has been beaten, imprisoned, and created riots.  Worked hard, slept little, and often hungry.  Seeks to remain pure, has much understanding, patience, and kindness.  Carries weapons in each hand.  Has been honored and dishonored.  Have had bad and good reports told on them.  Although they are genuine they have been said to be imposters.  They are known yet regarded as unknown.  They are dying, yet they live on.  Have been beaten, but not killed.  Has much sorrow, yet they rejoice.  Very poor, but they are able to make many rich.  Have nothing, and yet they possess everything.  They spoke freely to the Corinthians.  …This Paul and Timothy, disciples of the Christ. 

Scripture Text:  2Cor 6:1  As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. 2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you."  I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children--open wide your hearts also. 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." 

Who are you?  The purpose of this message is to invite all to join God as a disciple and to describe whom a disciple is. This is the only way to join God.   A disciple is…

  1. A fellow worker with God who has allowed God’s grace, gift of salvation to be effective in his life.  This is one who has allowed God’s grace to change their life.  Many hear of God’s grace but there are few who allow Him to make a change in their life.  Are you ready to go to work with the Lord?  Go with Him today!                  

“The story is told of a famous rabbi who was walking with some of his disciples when one of them asked, "Rabbi, when should a man repent?"  The rabbi calmly replied, "You should be sure you repent on the last day of your life."  "But," protested several of his disciples, "we can never be sure which day will be the last day of our life."  The famous rabbi smiled and said, "The answer to that problem is very simple.  Repent now."  If you try to wait for the last day then you may miss it. 

  1. Someone who has called on the Lord for help/salvation today.  Someone who has decided to go with the Lord in this life and into the life to come.  Today is the day.  You can’t get saved tomorrow.  Now is the time to go with God in your life.  Go where?  Go to work with him to seek and to save the lost.  You can’t be saved tomorrow…   Tomorrow will never come, because then it will be today…!  

“Dwight L. Moody, by his own admission, made a mistake on the eighth of October 1871 -- a mistake he determined never to repeat.
He had been preaching in the city of Chicago.  That particular night drew his largest audience yet.  His message was "What will you do then with Jesus who is called the Christ?"  By the end of the service, he was tired.  He concluded his message with a presentation of the gospel and a concluding statement:  "Now I give you a week to think that over.  And when we come together again, you will have opportunity to respond."
   A soloist began to sing.  But before the final note, the music was drowned out by clanging bells and wailing sirens screaming through the streets.  The great Chicago Fire was blazing.  In the ashen aftermath, hundreds were dead and over a hundred thousand were homeless.
   Without a doubt, some who heard Moody's message had died in the fire.  He reflected remorsefully that he would have given his right arm before he would ever give an audience another week to think over the message of the gospel.”

  1. Someone who puts no stumbling blocks in the paths of others.  A disciple cares because someone has cared for him or her.  He has that concern for others built in to his heart.  Going with Jesus means that you love others as you love yourself.   Hypocrites keep more people out of church than all the others can bring in.  We must talk the talk and walk the walk. 

 

  1. Someone who gives himself for others.  One who gives their affection to others and become vulnerable.  Disciples have open hearts and are willing to love others without condition.  Closed hearts are limited, but the Lord opened up himself and invites us to follow.  Take a chance on God and give yourself to Him through others. 
  1. Someone who is engaged in the war.   He has his weapons in both hands.  He is fighting with the righteous of God, so others will know that there is a living God who is the captain of your soul.  Righteousness is right living with the Lord.  This is war.  The battle is for the souls of people.  Will you be saved?  Will those you know make it?  Will you join in this Holy War?  This is a war of love and personal sacrifice not guns.  Show them someone truly cares for them. 

 

  1. Someone who is the temple of God and no other.  God wants to live in you and walk with you throughout your life.  He the Holy Spirit will live inside you.  Commit yourself totally to him and no other.    

Invitation:  Would you become one of His disciples?  Go with Him.  Call today for Him to come into your life and become your only living God.  Today is the day. 

b Isaiah 49:8

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (2 Co 6:1-13). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.