I already had written my sermon for this week. But at 4:52 a.m. this morning, I felt like the Lord woke me. It seemed that the Lord wanted me to spend some time in prayer and 2 Corinthians three kept going through my thinking. So after a time of prayer, I began to read the passage. Before long, I decided that the Lord was giving me a new outline to share during the service today. So the previous sermon gets bumped to next week. :-D
Here is my new sermon outline for Sunday, September 3, 2006.
[size=large]We Are His Reflection, Part 1: "Let Your Glory Fall"
2 Corinthians 3:11-18; 4:1-18[/size]
1. When we surrender ourselves to the Lord, and enter into His new covenant, we become recipients and reflectors of God's glory. 2 Corinthians 3:7-16
A. Glory is what set apart the OT Tabernacle and Temple from any other structure.
- "Glory" is the magnificent revelation and manifestation of the presence of God.
- In the OT, it is the Hebrew word "kabod." The NT uses the Greek word "doxa." Both essentially mean the same thing, and both have to do with "weight," "influence" and "honor."
- To be touched by God's glory is to undergo transformation.
B. The glory that God is pouring out now is far greater than what has come before. 2 Corinthians 3:8-11
C. The glory that God is pouring out upon us is never meant to fade from our lives. 2 Corinthians 3:12-16
2. It is the Holy Spirit in us that enables us to be continual reflectors of God's glory. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
A. This was true of Jesus when He walk this earth. It is true of us. Hebrews 1:3
B. As the Holy Spirit works within us, we become more and more like Jesus, reflecting His glory with greater clarity and intensity. 2 Corinthians 3:18
3. Since we have each been given this ministry of being "reflections of God's glory," we must never give up. 2 Corinthians 4:1-18
A. Boldness and determination to live the simple truth of the scripture, calling others to come follow Christ, even in the face of continued resistance and opposition, is evidence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the starting point for reflecting the glory of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:1-7
B. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be His "witnesses," - literally His "martyrs." Acts 1:8
C. Nobody is ever martyred because they gave in too quick.
D. God gets the glory when we joyfully keep going when others would quit. 2 Corinthians 4:7
E. Our tenacious reliance on the Holy Spirit showcases who God is in us. 2 Corinthians 4:8-18
- Tenacity is enabled through genuine faith. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
- It's time to fix our sights on a greater joy and to reflect the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 4:18