Posts from February 2019

Order of Service, February 24, 2019

Introduction In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day, Paul explains what it looks like when the love of Christ “controls” us and, thus, we live only for him (cf. 5:14-15). Paul’s worldview had undergone a radical transformation so that he no longer viewed Christ—or anything else—from a worldly outlook. Being united with Christ changed…

Order of Service, February 17, 2019

Introduction The sermon text for this Lord’s day explains Paul’s motivation for a life of service. The fear of the Lord undergirded and sustained his ministry. Such fear is not cringing terror, but rather a joy-filled dread of Christ’s quintessential majesty. Paul further explains that this same majestic Lord died to save a people who…

Order of Service, February 10, 2019

Introduction The sermon text we considered last week (2 Corinthians 4:16-18) weighed today’s suffering against eternity’s glory. We might compare that text to a hinge that connects two parts of Paul’s theology of ministry. The first part described the “light momentary affliction” he endured (4:7-13). The text for the sermon this Lord’s Day looks at…

Order of Service, February 3, 2019

Introduction As Paul unpacked the details of his own service for Christ, he explained that the path of true ministry leads through suffering. The suffering messenger embraces this calling by faith. Last time (4:13-15), we saw that faith in the resurrection sustains those who serve through suffering. In the sermon text for this Lord’s Day,…