Introduction: Second Corinthians began in a rather dismal way with Paul defending his integrity and authority as an apostle. In today’s sermon text, Paul breaks off his distasteful taste to express his joy over the privilege of serving the gospel. His exultation begins in 2:14 to continues into chapter 7. One author calls the subject matter of this section “The Glory of the Ministry.” The last paragraph of chapter two lays the foundation for a biblical philosophy of ministry.
Our hymn selection picks up the themes of triumph and victory found in verse 14.
PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
We encourage you to use the time during
the musical prelude for prayer and reflection.
Call to Worship Psalm 86:8-10
Prepared Music (choir) Shout to the Lord with a Song of Praise
Notes: The choir summons us to worship with a song appropriate for both the Thanksgiving season and the glorious joy that comes from our ministry.
Notes: Our voices are inadequate to express our “great Redeemer’s praise.” Consequently, we long for a thousand tongues with which to proclaim “the triumphs of his grace.”
Worship through Giving
Congregational Response: Hymn 5… Now Thank We All Our God
Hymn 163 Look, Ye Saints
Notes: The Lord Jesus returned from the grave, risen, exalted. Our great privilege is to “spread abroad the Victor’s fame,” summoning all to “crown him “King of kings and Lord of lords.”
Scripture Reading Romans 8:18-39
Notes: This famous and endearing passage moves from a description of sin’s effect on the whole of creation to the grand resolution accomplished in a re-creation. This is according to the plan of God and accomplished through Jesus Christ. The plan of God is eternally secure. In Christ we shall triumph.
Notes: We rejoice in the Lord, as did Paul. “As surely as He overcame, and triumphed once for you, So surely you, that love His name, shall triumph in Him, too.”
Message The Glory of the Ministry
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
Pastor Steven Thomas
Hymn 52 Crown Him with Many Crowns
Notes: With joy we anticipate the culmination of Christ’s victorious work—the day when we crown the Lord upon his throne. “Crown him the Lord of life, Who triumphed o’er the grave, And rose victorious in the strife, for those He came to save.”
Prayer Response Jon Lont
Benediction John Miles