by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 8 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: When We Are Hard-Pressed
Series: Knowing God Personally
Stuart Briscoe
2 Corinthians 4:1-18

When the pressures of life become overwhelming the question is how to cope. Paul's explanation of his pressures and the resources he found in knowing God are both illuminating and inspiring. They're relevant and transferable too!

I. Hard-Pressed But Not Down-Hearted. vv. 1, 16

A. The circumstances.
1. Hard-pressed but not crushed. v. 8a

2. Perplexed but not in despair. v. 8b

3. Persecuted but not abandoned. v. 9a

4. Struck down but not destroyed. v. 9b

B. The conclusion.
1. Jars of clay and power of God. v. 7

2. Dying of Jesus and life of Jesus. vv. 10-11

3. Death at work in us, and life at work in you. v. 12

II. Hard-Pressed But Not Downgraded.

A. The temptation to use deception. v. 2

B. The temptation to use distortion.


Part 4: When We Are Getting Serious
Series: Knowing God Personally
Stuart Briscoe
2 Corinthians 5:1-10

As Paul thought about the dangers to which he was exposed it was natural that he should think about death and what lies beyond for the believer. Such serious thinking was not only appropriate for him but for modern day believers, too.

I. Getting Serious About Eternity. vv. 1 8

A. The dismantling of the tent. v. 1a
1. Life is transitory-lived in a wilderness. See Hebrews 11:8f

2. The body is impermanent-subject to decay.

B. The promise of a house. v. 1b
1. Designed by God.

2. Reserved in heaven.

3. Like that of Christ's. See Mark 14:58; John 2:19f

C. The problems on earth. vv. 2 4
1. The dissatisfaction with life experience.

2. The longing for something better.
a. Human longings suggest possible satisfaction.

b. Human dissatisfaction suggests eternal fulfillment.
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