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.