Christ became what we are that we might become what He is
As our hearts ache over the suffering Jesus went through on our behalf, we’re keeping the message simple this Good Friday and looking at 2 Corinthians 5:21. The Big Idea of our passage, and the points Pastor Matt will be breaking down are: Christ became what we are that we might become what He is.
Stand firm in the one true God
What the Lord has to say to us this week (through Pastor Matt) in Isaiah 46-47:15, is the big idea of our passage: Stand firm in the one true God. Who of us doesn’t want to have the story of standing firm?!
Ok, how, by the grace of God, do we “stand firm”? Isaiah 46-47 provides three ways:
1. Compare the one true God to his competition (46:1-7).
2. Remember that there is no other God (46:8-13).
3. See the coming judgment (47:1-15).
Christ’s Love Controls Us
The big idea of our third passage in the REACH series is Christ’s love controls us. If the question is ‘What motivates us?’ Christ’s love is why, it’s his love that controls us, it’s his love that makes us want to pour it all out for him. We are going to look at Christ’s love that controls us from three angles in our passage: (1) The proof of His love (2) The power of His love (3) The purpose of His love.
Give So That Others Will Give Thanks to God
In the final sermon for our Reach series, Pastor Matt walks through the concluding section of 2 Corinthians 9. In 2 Cor 9:11-15, we learn that we should Give so that others will give thanks to God. How does that work?
1. Your giving supplies needs
2. Your giving supplies more than needs
3. Your giving is His gift.
In week four of our REACH series, Pastor Matt shows from 2 Corinthians 9:1-10 how we can be motived to give bountifully. Specifically, we see three reasons from this text to give bountifully:
1. You will receive bountiful rewards
2. You will have bountiful hearts
3. You have a bountiful God
Excel in the grace of generous giving
In week four of our REACH series, Pastor Matt explains how we can be encouraged to excel in the grace of generous giving. Second Corinthians 8:6-15 gives us three reasons why:
1. It proves your love
2. He became poor for you
3. Desire isn’t enough
Give yourself to the Lord
In week three of our REACH series, Pastor Matt explains how outlandish generosity doesn’t start with the giving of money, but rather when you Give Yourself to the Lord and let everything else flow from there.
1. Others already have
2. He will lead you to joyful generosity
We Become What We Behold
The big idea of our passage this morning is: we become what we behold. Based on Jared Mellinger’s book Think Again, Pastor Matt looks at five areas of life where the gospel frees us from beholding ourselves so that we can behold Christ and become more like Him: identity, self-esteem, doubt, goodness, and confession.
Boast gladly in your weaknesses
2 Corinthians 12:9b: Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses… This brings us to the big idea of our passage: Boast gladly in your weaknesses.All of this raises one very important question. Why? Why in the world does the Bible call us to boast, and not just boast but boast gladly, in our human limitations? Our passage provides us with three reasons: 1. The purpose of weakness 2. The power of weakness. 3. The plan of weakness.
The God of All Comfort
We all want to fix suffering, but what happens when you face a suffering for which there is no known solution? You can get bitter, or you can patiently endure suffering. In this passage, Paul shows us how to patiently endure suffering.
The Church Multiplies
How can we eagerly partner with the Lord as he multiplies his church? Our passage provides us with three ways: (1) Be bold, (2) Be joined, and (3) Be fearful and comforted