SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2022
10:30 AM (in-person + livestream + kids! + communion & prayer)
SECOND CORINTHIANS SERIES
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
“Gaze” is a visual word used to speak about power, repression, and distorted human relationships. How we “gaze” on others, reveals our biases and assumptions, often our personal and social blindspots and sins of our cultures and families. Fascinatingly, in this text, the Gospel confronts the "Gaze" nearly 1900 years before 5:16 "we no longer see...”
The church has often been co-opted by various visions and views that are not in line with Jesus, sometimes so much so that it ceases to be the church. Join us as we explore Paul's attempt to persuade these ancients, and us, to get a new view, to change our gaze on others.
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The Impelling Love of Christ 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 Motivation for Ministry
2 Corinthians 5:11 Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade people, but we are well known to God, and I hope we are well known to your consciences too. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who take pride in outward appearance and not in what is in the heart.
2 Corinthians 5:13 For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ controls(compels)* us, since we have concluded this, that Christ died for all; therefore all have died.
2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised.
The Ministry of Reconciliation, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
The Consequences of Paul’s Ministry
2 Corinthians 5:16 So then from now on we acknowledge no one from an outward human point of view*. Even though we have known Christ from such a human point of view, now we do not know him in that way any longer.
2 Corinthians 5:17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:18 And all these things are from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ and who has given us the ministry of reconciliation. 19 In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making his plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God!”
2 Corinthians 5:21 God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.
FINAL WORD AND COMMUNION
Read the home church questions BEFORE home church this week. And be ready to break the ice with this question “Have you ever had a first impression of someone and it turned out to be wrong in a small or big way? Can you tell the story?”
For Reflection and Discussion