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Speaker: Pastor Keith Goullette
Theme: Church Life
Thesis: Lovingly Discern
Scripture Text: II Corinthians 10:7-12 (next week II Corinthians 10:13-18)
I. Charge - v. 7-10
II. Consider - v. 11-12
I SAMUEL 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
II CORINTHIANS 3:1 & 10:18
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?
For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.
SCRIPTURE TEXT—II CORINTHIANS 10:7-12
You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, so also are we. For even if I boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame, for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters. For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.” Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are also in deed when present. For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.
Sermon length: 32:44