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Motivation for Ministry (9 of 26)
Series: Truths That Transform
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Message Truth: Sometimes we do things, even good things, for the wrong reason. As believers we must remember that motive is as important as action. Today we are going to discover motives for ministry.
Introduction: There are verses in this passage of Scripture which for practically all of my Christian life have inspired, challenged, and motivated me. What is somewhat ironic about this paragraph is that it was written primarily as an apologetic by Paul to answer his critics and defend his ministry. There were those in Paul's day just like those in our day who basically viewed Paul as a self-appointed, crazy, peddler of the gospel.
1. Sometimes we can do things, even good things, for the wrong reason. For the believer the reason for doing something is as important as what is done. Christ stressed this principle in the Sermon on the Mount where He spoke against those who practiced things like fasting, praying, or giving, for the wrong reasons.
2. While we live in a society that applauds achievement, we also live as citizens of the kingdom where motive is equally important.
EXAMINING OUR MISSION IN MINISTRY
It is incredibly easy to forget what we are all about. Any organization that looses sight of it's mission is in for real trouble. No organization regardless of the nature of it's business can survive without clearly understanding the mission.
We persuade men of their need for Christ (v.11).
This is the mission of our ministry. We are ...
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