by Brian Fletcher

Loving Our Community in a Biblical Way
Brian Fletcher
II Corinthians 5:11-15

Introduction: The first part of II Cor. is mainly about Paul defending his ministry. Some people had come into the Corinthian church after Paul had planted it and they began to challenge his authority and integrity and question his motives. Think of it like this…if while Andrew were away this weekend and I got up to preach and began to try and persuade you that Andrew's motives in starting this church were selfish and that he was just trying to make a name for himself. Andrew would want to defend himself when he got back, he might even write a letter to the congregation expressing his true motives. (that is after he fired me). And of course, as we all know, Andrew has no selfish motives whatsoever. His defense really is his character. For anyone who has been around Andrew knows his heart for sharing the gospel and transforming a community for the Kingdom of God, not for his own kingdom. As someone who works closely alongside Andrew every day I can attest that his motives are pure and godly, that he desires nothing except that God alone be glorified and that Christ the King reign in the hearts of everyone in our community.

So as we look at this passage we have this background. In defending his ministry Paul points his readers and us today in the direction of Christ as King. I want us to think about the ministry here at Spring Run and how we are to go about loving our community in a Biblical way. Paul gives us three truths to guide us.
Christ's love compels us to have:
The Right Ministry
With The Right Motives
For The Right King

1. The Right Ministry.
What is this ministry that we are called to?
Read v. 11-13. Paul says, ''Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men.'' In verse 10 Paul talks about the fact that we will ALL have to appear before the judgment seat of Christ. Paul knows that the judgment of God is coming and therefore we need to ...

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