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*Please note: This sermon was originally scheduled for 01.14.2018, but was rescheduled for the 21st due to Pastor Keith's loss of voice.
Speaker: Pastor Keith Goullette
Theme: Church Life
Scripture Text: II Corinthians 12:19-21 (next week II Corinthians 13:1-5)
I. Maturing - v. 19
II. Mourn - v. 20-21
ROMANS 14:19, 15:2
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
II CORINTHIANS 7:10
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
SCRIPTURE TEXT—II CORINTHIANS 12:19-21
All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved. For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.
Sermon length: 39:10