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2 Corinthians 5:11 – 6:2 Rolling up our sleeves Overview • Our motivation in sharing the gospel • Our conduct in sharing the gospel • Our view of people in the light of the gospel • Our task in the light of the gospel • Paul’s gospel appeal • So what? Motivation to share the gospel • The knowledge of the fear of the Lord – Holiness, sin and certain judgement • The love of Christ compels us – We are convinced of the truth of the message – Jesus died; the perfect sacrifice for sinners – We were all dead in sin – The offer of salvation is there for all who will receive it by faith – We live for Christ, not for ourselves Conduct in gospel work • Honesty, openness and transparency • Confidence in the integrity of leaders • Integrity is a matter of the heart • Paul considered “out of his mind” • The gospel presented logically & clearly The gospel’s view of people • The gospel corrects our view of people • The gospel corrects our view of Jesus • Christians ARE new creations – The old has gone, the new has come – This does not contradict sanctification • All of this is from God – Saved and reconciled – Ministry of reconciliation Our task in the gospel • God has committed the message to us • We are His ambassadors • We should be passionate about the job! – I implore you… – Be reconciled to God – Jesus became sin for us – We become the righteousness of Christ Paul’s gospel appeal • Don’t waste this opportunity • The time is short – The offer will not always be available So what? • We need to be saved now! • Do we take the reality of judgement seriously? • Are we compelled by the love of Christ • Are we characterised by openness, honesty, transparency & integrity? • Are we OK with being considered mad? • Are we laying out the gospel clearly? • Do we have God’s eyes and heart for people? • Are we living in the light of what we are? • Are we passionate about the ministry of reconciliation?
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