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The Goal Of Faith

2 Corinthians 5:6-10

'Why?' is a critically important question. Unless we are convinced that we have a good reason for doing something, we will stop at some point. Neither duty nor sentiment can keep us pressing on against impossible pressures. Paul wrote to the Corinthians because they were tempted to abandon the true gospel, and follow more comforting lies. To bring them back on track, the apostle explained his personal motivation for not giving up on Jesus, despite huge pressures. His testimony also gives us essential reasons for staying with Jesus and His gospel.

The Persuasion Of Faith

2 Corinthians 5:11-13

Living a self-centred life only requires us to please ourselves. A Christ-centred life must bring Him pleasure (2 Corinthians 5:9).

Compelling Faith

2 Corinthians 5:14-15

All our behaviour, good or bad, is based on a belief of some sort - even though some behaviour becomes a habit and we forget why. It may be a family tradition or parental example which we believe is right, or activity which we think will bring us benefit .

Transforming Faith

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

It matters how we view people. If we think that everybody is better than us, and we cannot match their skill or intellect, then we may fight them, or become intimidated and withdraw from them. If we believe that they are inferior to us then we will either patronise or dominate. But if we see other people and ourselves equally as sinners for whom Christ died, we will have a very different perspective on interpersonal relationships.

Reconciling Faith

2 Corinthians 5:18-20

When we first put our trust in Christ we are reconciled to God. Without Christ's intervention and our faith in Him, we were enemies of God because we refused to submit to Him.

The Sin-Bearing God

2 Corinthians 5:21

This little verse is a gem, shining with all the brightness of heaven and brimming over with love. It is a verse to meditate upon and commit to memory because of the stark truths it presents about the Father and the Son in relation to our evil natures and God's righteousness. It starts and ends with God, describing an awesome sequence of events which were planned by God.

Don't Receive God's Grace In Vain

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Although the church in Corinth was immature, dysfunctional, confused and unstable, it was still a church (2 Corinthians 1:1-2). People had heard the gospel and started to follow Jesus.

Better To Suffer Than To Be A Stumbling Block

2 Corinthians 6:3-10

Nobody likes to suffer, but sometimes it is a part of the job description. That is certainly true for mothers giving birth and also true for people who are committed to tell others about Jesus. It was also true for Jesus as He took our sins in His own body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24).

Intentional Fellowship

2 Corinthians 6:11-13

It would be nice to think that Christians love to be in fellowship with each other. But that natural function of discipleship (John 13:35) is often thwarted.

Incompatible Fellowship

2 Corinthians 6:14-16

Fellowship can be described as 'fellows agreeing to work together on the same ship'. They share the joys and sorrows of the journey, but are equally convinced about the destination and confident in the ship's master. Our English word mirrors the Greek, meaning 'people who share or invest together in a joint enterprise'.

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