Count The Cost – Part 5
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COUNT THE COST - PART 5
Speaker: Pastor Keith Goullette
Theme: Church Life
Thesis: Let’s Look At The Evidence
Scripture Text: II Corinthians 12:11-18 (next week II Corinthians 13:1-5)
I. By You - v. 11-12
II. Burden - v. 13-15
III. By Example - v. 16-18
I CORINTHIANS 9:1-2
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
II CORINTHIANS 11:5 & 11
For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles.
Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you.
SCRIPTURE TEXT—II CORINTHIANS 12:11-18
I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles. For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong! Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit. Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I? I urged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit and walk in the same steps?
Sermon length: 35:33