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September 11, 2011 – Lives Changed by the Gospel – 2 Corinthians 5:11-21

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

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There are three things of great significance for us in 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. We share with Paul, his motives, his message, and his mission. What is IDC about? Here you go…

#1: Our Motives: (2 Cor. 5:11-16)

  • He desired to please God above all things (5:9-13)
  • He was compelled by the love of Christ. (14-16)

#2: Our Message: The Gospel (2 Cor. 5:17-21)

  • Regeneration: New Life in Christ (17-18a)
  • Reconciliation: Peace with God through Christ (18-19)
  • Justification: Being Counted Righteous in Christ (21)

#3: Our Ministry: “a ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:11, 18-20)

As ambassadors of Jesus we want to represent Jesus with our deeds and we want to make the good news known with our words. The world needs good news. We want people to be reconciled to God.

  • Speak Persuasively, “we persuade others” (11)
  • Speak Powerfully, “God making his appeal through us” (20b; Eph. 6:18-20; Prov. 28:1)
  • Speak Passionately, “we implore you… be reconciled to God” (20c)
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