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Series: Responsible Stewardship
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
June 25, 2003
1. In our first lesson, we talked about the stewardship of separation, that we are to be separated from the world and we are to be separated unto God. 2. In last week’s lesson, we discussed "Stewardship and Our Service." We said that, "All Christians have been made stewards over the work and ministry of the Church of Christ."
2. Tonight I want to talk about stewardship and our salvation—that we are caretakers of the Gospel. In (Vs. 18) of our text, Paul puts it like this, "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation."
a. With this understanding, let me give you three questions, as we consider our message this evening:
I. To Whom Is This Responsibility Given?
II. To Whom Is This Redemption Given
III. By Whom Is This Reconciliation Given?
I. TO WHOM IS THIS RESPONSIBILITY GIVEN?
A. First, this responsibility is given to all ministers
1. 2 Tim. 4:1, 2, "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word."
2. When Paul wrote to the Romans, he said in (15:15b, 16a), ". . .putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, that I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God."
2. The context of our text in II Corinthians five is Paul’s discussion concerning the ministry. You’ll see in the preceding and following chapters that he is talking about the many faceted aspects of the ministry—responsibility, suffering, preaching, and personal testimony. In (6:3), he states, "Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed."
3. Then, again, back to or text in (vs.18b), Paul is addressing the ministers of the Gospel—reminding us that G ...
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