Count The Cost – Part 4
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COUNT THE COST - PART 4
Speaker: Pastor Keith Goullette
Theme: Church Life
Thesis: Let’s Look At The Evidence
Scripture Text: II Corinthians 12:5-10 (next week II Corinthians 12:11-18)
I. Scrutinize - v. 5-6
II. Sufficient - v. 7-10
I CORINTHIANS 2:1-5 & 16:13
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
II CORINTHIANS 4:7
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.
SCRIPTURE TEXT—II CORINTHIANS 12:5-10
On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me. Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Sermon length: 48:29