by Rick White

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Series: Raise the Standard
Rick White
2 Corinthians 13:5-10

Message Truth: The most important decision that we ever make in life is what we do with God's offer of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Where we start will ultimately determine where we finish.

(2 Cor 13:5-10 NIV) Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test? {6} And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. {7} Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people will see that we have stood the test but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. {8} For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. {9} We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection. {10} This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority--the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

Introduction: The subject of test puts most of us on edge and causes personal anxiety. From pop tests to blood tests, and from bar exams to eye exams, testing is a regular part of life. In just a few days academic exams will be at the forefront for most of our students.

One of my favorite stories is about the seminarian that faced his systematic theology exam unprepared. He wrote on the back of the exam:

Dear Prof.,
While I was not prepared for this exam I want you to know that I love Jesus with all my heart. I also want you to know that your lectures have been a great blessing to my life.

Prof.'s Reply:
I am happy to know that you have committed your life to Jesus. I am also delighted to know that my lectures have been such an inspiration in your life. Furthermore I want you to know that in the kingdom of God you will be judged on the basis of ...

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