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Our Motive for Ministry (7 of 19)
Series: THE BOOK OF II CORINTHIANS
II Corinthians 5:14-21
June 15, 2005
1. In our lesson last week, we considered Paul's discussion concerning our earthly bodies. He refers to the believer's physical body as a house or a tabernacle. In light of his persecution and his physical suffering, he was looking forward to leaving his body behind and receiving the new body God had prepared for him: He states in (5:1), For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2. Tonight, as we look a the closing verses of chapter 5, Paul moves from the discussion of our earthly tabernacles, to our motivation for ministry--why do we do what we do for the Lord? Why do we suffer in these bodies? Why are we willing to subject ourselves to the unrelenting attacks of the devil?
ILLUS: In reading the news this week, I was amazed at the amount of Christian persecution taking place around the world. I read of a father and his two sons who were holding a Bible study with others in a home near Nepal, India. About 30 young Hindus attacked the believers in their home. They took the father and two sons outside and burned them alive.
Why were these believers willing to subject themselves to certain danger...they knew that there was the possibility of being persecuted and that they were endangering themselves; why did they continue the Bible studies? This is the subject of our lesson tonight. I would like to give you two things:
I. Our Motivation
II. Our Ministry
I. OUR MOTIVATION (VV. 14-17)
Note the very first part of (vs. 14a), "For The love of Christ constraineth us..." And keep in mind, Paul is not talking about his love for Christ, though he certainly loved the Lord; rather, he is talking about the love Christ has for us. That knowledge should cause us to do three things:
A. Consider t ...
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