Seen The Light?
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SEEN THE LIGHT?
Speaker: Pastor Keith Goullette
Theme: Church Life
Thesis: Your Light Shining?
Scripture Text: II Corinthians 4:1-6 (next week: II Corinthians 4:7-15)
I. Veracity - v. 1-2
II. Veiled - v. 3-4
III. Valid - v. 5-6
And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ And I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you; rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’
II CORINTHIANS 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
SCRIPTURE TEXT—II CORINTHIANS 4:1-6
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
- Paul has an ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE. Do YOU? Why not?
- Warren Wiersbe: "The way you look at your ministry helps to determine how you will fulfill it."
- God's LIGHT is supposed to SHINE out of you.
Sermon length: 40:26