The Ministry Given To His Servants
II Corinthians 4:1-12
Introduction: This passage gives reasons for encouragement. The way you look at ministry helps to determine how you fulfill it. If you look at serving Christ as a burden instead of a privilege, you will be hindered and do only what is "required" of you. When you look at ministry and the fact that He has called you and you have received mercy, you are overwhelmed by the privilege and responsibility.
2 Corinthians 4:1, "Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart."
God's mercy is His withholding of the judgment (wrath of God) that he deserved and given him the opportunity for repentance and faith.
1 Timothy 1:12-13, "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief."
v.1 "we do not lose heart" - we don't surrender, give in to fear, lose courage or behave like a coward.
I. THE CONSECRATION OF GOD'S SERVANT. 1-2,
A. CONSECRATION IN HIS WALK WITH GOD. 2a
"renounced the hidden things of shame" - speaks of that which is disgraceful or dishonorable that could produce embarrassment and humiliation. Speaks of a dark, hidden (private), hypocritical lifestyle before conversion.
2 Timothy 2:20-21, "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work."
"not walking in craftiness" - trickery, deceit, willing to do anything to achieve his goals.
Not a decision with a hidden agenda
This passage speaks both of the character of the ministry (glorious) and the character of the minister ...
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