by Rick White

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What Is a New Covenant Community? (5 of 26)
Series: Truths That Transform
Rick White
2 Corinthians 3:1-18

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts. And such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Introduction: Each weekday Americans turn on and tune in to television talk shows. Millions of us find a source of entertainment as our favorite talk show host welcomes celebrities from every walk of life, and they in turn allow us to peer into their lives for just a few moments. They may come from the world of entertainment, sports, politics, finance, etc. The one thing they seem to all have in common in life - success.

According to Dennis Waitley, author of Seeds of Greatness, success in the United States is usually associated with material wealth. The image of shaded estates with electric gates, a Rolls or Ferrari in the circular driveway, Gucci accessories, private jets, yachts, Greek Islands, and luxurious leisure bombards our senses. The only problem is that Ricardo Montalban never greets us at the airport in his white tuxedo, with Tattoo, to complete our fantasy.

We must be very careful not to develop an unhealthy or unholy attitude towards those in life who have acquired material wealth. Sometimes there can be a certain smugness developed, or prejudice nurtured towards people who have been successful in some venture in life. There are people right here in the life o ...

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