Reflecting Back on Olympic Christian Faith
As you know, our summer message series has been on the lectionary epistle selections. So far, we have been mining for spiritual insight and faith inspiration from II Corinthians. Would you say you have Olympic Christian Faith? Thank God, through His holy word, we have everything we need to confront life, even conquer life, with a faith strong enough to rock the ages!
We have learned that Olympic Christian Faith… :
Is Treasure in a Jar of Clay (2 Cor. 4:7-12)
Is your faith the most precious essence of who you are? Does your faith animate you in such a way that life joyously overflows from inside you? What a great metaphor for faith!
Is the Secret to Overcoming Life (2 Cor. 4:13-19)
How much or well do you speak from a place of spiritual conviction? Odds are we all could improve on that! This passage encourages us to not lose heart and to fix our eyes on the “unseen” things of God and not the things of this world.
Lives to Please the Lord (2 Cor. 5:6-17)
The word says to “…make it our goal to please the Lord.” This passage teaches us that we ought to live to please the Lord for three very good reasons: because one day we’ll all face judgment for how we have lived our lives; because the need of others is so great; and because of the cross of Jesus Christ. And this passage’s great ending: “Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation!”
Is a Model of Endurance (2 Cor. 6:1-13)
One great spiritual lesson to glean from Paul’s epic hardships is that life will definitely test our faith, but we shine most for Christ when God and His Love come out in us when we’re under pressure!
Excels in the Grace of Giving (2 Cor. 8:7-15)
Life experience and God’s word teach us over and over again: to live is to give and to give is to live. Giving isn’t just about money. We all can give something of ourselves to others. The great teaching here is that giving is our response to what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Thank you, Father, for the perfect and precious gift of yourself to us!
This morning we proceed with Olympic Christian Faith …
Is a Christ-Powered Life!
Join me in praying that God’s word will feed us and fill us for triumphant days ahead!
Your Pastor and Friend, Mark