In an effort to catch up on the Moody Pastor’s Conference I’ll be posting my notes from several of those messages between now and Tuesday.
After an outstanding time of worship, Alistair took the stage and said:
would you like me to speak or shall we just go on enjoying ourselves?
I’m not sure he was joking. The worship that day was wonderful. The message was equally powerful.
2 Corinthians 4:1-7
since it starts with therefore, go back of course to at least chapter 2 for context.
I want to talk to you about the gospel which we preach and I’m going to do it in three terms:
1. The ministry (this ministry)
2. The method
3. The men
Let us start with This ministry….
1. This ministry
a. It’s source: This ministry emanates from evangelical apostolic authority which cmes from God
B. It’s substance: the gospel.
2. The Method:
The tools of the trade were WORDS. Jesus was a teacher who’s WORDS amazed the crowd.
Whenever the church loses sight of this it loses it’s prophetic edge.
Chapter 2 they didn’t peddle the word.
Without the revelation of God our listeners are blind to their blindness
We do preach
confident no fear of consequences
incredible challenge to young men tht I lost
3. The men
Saved . Can you deliver men bread that you have not eaten.
Servants: I Am given to be the servant of men, but they will never be my master.
The servants of God are self effacing: we do not preach ourselves.
We are disposable.
The number one problem of self promotion is that the gospel becomes secondary the moment we become primary
If we’re going to be clear
1. The message, Source God, Substance God.
2. Method. No to peddling, yes to preaching Christ
3. The men entirely dependent and utterly disposable.
One old man was asked to reveal the secret to his long life. He said that every morning you should sprinkle a little gunpowder on your cereal every morning. One woman took his advise. She lived to be 102. She left 12 children, 40 grandchildren, 79 great grandchildren and a 15 foot hole in the crematorium. (Now that is an impact!)
We want to make an impact.
2 Cor 11 even Paul felt like he had to defend his ministry by claiming that he was a superior apostle.
But the impact is not up to us.
Because of your faith revelation Petros, I tell you that on this Petra I will build my church.
Jesus says “[Tom, ]I will build my church!” Jesus always keeps his promise. He will make the impact. Matthew 16:18 declares the promise, I will build my church.
I WILL –
I’ve read through the Bible and whenever Jesus says, I Will” He will do it. – D.L. Moody
It’s not your identity that’ at stake, it’ Jesus’ identity. Jesus as the Lord of his church says I will build.
I WILL BUILD
Emphases: the authority and ability to build the gathering of the saints. The Ekklesia is the called out gathering of the saints.
The Lord of all says “I will build my called out people.”
Without God we cannot; but God without us will not.
Jesus is going to take care of the church no doubt about it. He doesn’t need you to do it but he wants you to do it.