God’s Light Shines In Us For The World To See

The Apostle Paul had a long association with the congregation that grew up out of his missionary endeavours in Corinth. Despite the closeness of the relationship, Paul was not always their favourite person. As he wrote to them in  the letter  we know as 2nd Corinthians he was defending the integrity of the gospel and the authority of his apostleship (to put it simply)  In a sermon from 2 Corinthians 4:1-17, D> A> Carson concludes one section as follows:

“What we find in these verses is not so much an abstract definition of the biblical basis for missions as a mind expanding depiction of how the gospel ministry works: how it is tied to gospel truth, is discharged with unqualified integrity, reverberates with God’s passion to display the glory of His Son Jesus Christ and is heralded in the context of paradoxical self death, which nevertheless, overflows with the transforming life of Christ.

2nd Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore since God in his mercy  has given us this ministry, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of  God. We tell the truth before God and all who are honest know this.

As we can see from these verses Paul asserts that because God has given us this ministry we persevere. For Paul , that was in the context of personal Suffering and rejection. However, regardless of the circumstances he does not lower himself or the integrity of the gospel message to win affection or converts.  Honouring God is the basis for what he does and says.

On the 13th November we will be conducting a workshop at the Mustard Tree op shop to help know our story and share our faith in a way that  encourages, empowers and prepares us to share the light that God has placed in us.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.  1 Peter 3:15

Pastor Stewart.