Welcome to The Cyber Church of Eufaula, OklahomaPastor, James West -|- This Sermon Published November, 1997
Our Christian Ministry2 Corinthians 5:14-21
For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we [him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 4:1-2
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
Sometimes we think our ministry is to find fault with our brothers and sisters. To somehow make him conform to Christian values and behavior.
We advise: We meddle: We gossip: We condemn.
We act as though our Gospel is a Social Gospel. We try to improve living conditions, we promote giving to the poor, providing shelter, work-shops, physical help. We have family seminars, drug seminars, smoking clinics, softball teams, and fund raisers. We have bake sales, yard sales, car washes, bazaars, and pledge drives.
Many good things are done, and necessary things, but our Gospel is NOT the increasing of our membership, or turning some kid away from a life of crime, or setting right the social wrongs of our generation! Our Gospel is THE RECONCILIATION OF MAN TO GOD!!
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.
He has opened our understanding of the scriptures:
That Jesus Christ suffered and died.
That He rose from the dead on the third day.
That we must preach the Gospel of repentance and reconciliation.
That we must preach the remission of sin.
And all this IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
If we only succeed in changing a man's lifestyle,
It would not save his soul!
If we spent millions of dollars on social improvements and made all of the hungry
people fat and healthy,
It would not save anyone from eternal separation from God!
There is ONE Gospel. ONE Good News. It is the Good News of JESUS CHRIST!
It is Jesus Who is the reconciler. He said, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me."
It is our job to lift up Christ! For He has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
We must renounce Gospel dishonesty:
To preach OUR doctrine, To preach Reform, To preach law and regulation, Is handling the Word of God deceitfully!
I'm a new creature because of Jesus Christ: I am not in Jesus Christ because I made myself into a new creature!
I am not in Jesus Christ because I rejected the old things, but old things are passed away because I am in Jesus Christ!
All things are become new BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST!
Read again with me 2 Cor. 18-19
And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
CHRIST reconciled the world to HIMSELF.
He did not lay (or leave) their trespasses on them but took them upon Himself!
He has given US the ministry of reconciliation.
It JESUS Who is the Reconciler!
We stand in Christ's stead!
I can not save you,
But I can point you to the Savior!
I can not heal you,
But I can point you to the Healer!
I can not comfort you,
But I can point you to the Comforter!
I have the GREATEST MESSAGE EVER CARRIED!
But it is NOT to straighten out your life!
It is NOT to feed the hungry - the widows - the orphans!
It is NOT to stop you from lying - stealing - sinning!
The Greatest Message is not even Love or Faith or Charity . . . .
The greatest message and our ministry is RECONCILIATION!
IT IS JESUS CHRIST!!
vs 47-48: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.
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