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Speaker: Pastor Keith Goullette
Theme: Church Life
Thesis: How Does Our Letter Read?
Scripture Text: II Corinthians 3:1-6 (next week: I Peter 1:3)
I. Letter - v. 1-3
II. Letter - v. 4-6
ROMANS 3:20 & 8:2
Because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. But the Scripture has shut up everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
EPHESIANS 2:8-10 & 3:12
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
In whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.
SCRIPTURE TEXT—II CORINTHIANS 3:1-6
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
Sermon length: 38:14