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Our Light Affliction (5 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 4:8-18
June 1, 2005
1. In our lesson last Wednesday our message was; "Treasure in Earthen Vessels." Paul spoke of the message and ministry that resides within the life and body of every believer. And in truth, what we carry in these mortal houses of clay is priceless--treasure beyond compare. When we give the gospel to someone else and they receive Christ into their lives, we are giving them something no amount of money can buy--eternal life: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Cor. 8:9).
2. We talked about three things: His Motivation for Service, His Manner of Life and His Message of Light. Tonight we will continue with (vv. 8-18), as Paul talks about the minister and his suffering.
I. Suffering--the Persecution
II. Suffering--the People
III. Suffering--the Prospect
I. SUFFERING--THE PERSECUTION
A. He is troubled on every side (vs.8)
1. The minister faces constant opposition. He endures criticism and insults of every kind; he bears up under the physical strain of long hours, with little rest. He suffers physically emotionally and spiritually--trouble comes from every side. Paul wrote of himself in 2 Cor. 11:27-28, In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
a. Paul said, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed." When a ship is in peril, the captain will send out a distress signal, meaning his vessel is about to sink. Paul, though troubled on every side, was not in distress. That's because his strength came from the Lord. The same is true for us.
B. He is often Perplexed (vs. 8)
1. This word means to ...
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