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Hot Mess-Finding God in the Chaos of Life: Greater Mission
September 1, 2019

Hot Mess-Finding God in the Chaos of Life: Greater Mission

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Hot Mess-Finding God in the Chaos of Life | We hope you are working through the “Hot Mess” of this week! Chaos and confusion are constant throughout human existence. We will not avoid them and the Corinthians could not avoid them either! This week, in 2 Corinthians 4:1-11, Paul offers help for all people who are struggling to find a path to follow God in the chaos of life. He begins by confronting discouragement. Literally, this word means to “act badly under fire.” It was used for soldiers who would fail in the face of enemy. This is the kind of discouragement that we understand! Life is filled with pressure, and discouragement is always an option! God has given Paul and his team strength in the face of all the hardships and pressures of life. In the sermon, “Greater Mission,” we discover that this strength is not just for the Apostles, but it is for every believer! As you read 2 Corinthians 4:1-11, let is lift despair and the discouragement that is blinding you to God’s power and strength! 2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. (NIV)

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