by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 8 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: When We Are Lacking Direction
Series: Knowing God Personally
Stuart Briscoe
2 Corinthians 5:11-21

When Paul said, "Christ's love compels us" he used a word that means "hems us in." The mighty Yangtse River in its early stages rushes through narrow gorges where it is hemmed in, but later in its course it meanders sluggishly. There's nothing sluggish or directionless about Paul's commitment to the Lord.

I. Appreciation of the Love of Christ.

A. The reality of sin.
1. Attitude.

2. Aptitude.

3. Action.

B. The result of sin.
1. Accountability.

2. Alienation.

C. The remedy for sin.
1. Motivated by love.

2. Mediated by Christ.
a. His sinlessness.

b. His being "made sin."

c. His substitution.
i. He assumed our sin.


Part 6: When We Are Being Compromised
Series: Knowing God Personally
Stuart Briscoe
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

The unique relationship that believers enjoy with God requires careful attention to appropriate lifestyle. This requires, among other things, avoiding compromising situations. But what this entails has long been a point of debate.

I. A General Principle. vv. 14 16a

A. Identification with unbelievers is not acceptable. See Deuteronomy 22:10
1. Moral standards vary-righteousness vs. lawlessness. v. 14b

2. Conversion is radical-light vs. darkness v. 14c; See 4:4 6

3. Spiritual dynamics in opposition-Christ v. Belial. v. 15a

4. Belief systems conflict-believer vs. unbeliever. v. 15b

5. Allegiances are incompatible-Temple of God vs. idols. v. 16

B. Isolation of believers is not desirable.
1. The teaching of Jesus. John 17:11 18
a. Disciples "left in" the world.

b. Disciples "not of" the world.

c. Disciples "sent to" the world.

2. The teaching of Paul.
a. Isolation is neither possible nor acceptable. 1 Corinthians 5:9 11

b. Involvement with unbelievers is imperative. 1 Corinthians 9:19f
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