The Sustaining Power of the Gospel

This is the first post with my sermon notes from the Together for the Gospel Conference (T4G) that was held from April 10-12 in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from T4G, click here. More sermon notes to come.

Speaker: C.J. Mahaney                                                Key text: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18         

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Second Corinthians is an intimate autobiography of Paul’s ministry. He was often faced with the temptation to lose heart in his ministry due to opposition, circumstances, and trials. Instead of giving up, he faced the temptation with a resolve to not lose heart that was grounded in the gospel.                                                          

No Christian is immune from the temptation to lose heart. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge your need in order to receive God’s grace.  One of the wonderful things about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it sustains believers.

Things to Remember When You Lose Heart:

  1. The Call of Christian Ministry (v. 1-6)
    All believers are called to proclaim Christ and his glory. The gospel sustained Paul in his ministry and it will also sustain us today. As we proclaim the gospel, God gives sight to the spiritually blind. The gospel is about the glory of God, not the glory of man. It is often tempting to use the gospel as a way to draw attention to yourself, but that’s not the point. If we really believe the gospel, we realize that there is nothing in ourselves worth promoting and that if we are to boast, we are to only boast of Christ’s abundant grace in our own lives. Christians are proclaimers, not innovators. The call to proclaim the gospel is an act of God’s mercy.
  2. The Context of Christian Ministry (v. 7-15)
    Christians proclaim, serve, and suffer. This is the reality of ministry in a fallen world. Every instance of suffering is an opportunity to experience God’s grace. Every bit of weakness is an opportunity for God to display his glory in our lives.
  3. The Comfort of Christian Ministry (v. 16-18)
    An eternal perspective of our time on earth makes proclaiming the gospel much easier. Look behind a fruitful church and you’ll see dying pastors- dying to self and dying to desires for the sake of the gospel. The essential element of not losing heart is an eternal perspective. Sufferings now can’t compare to the eternal glory we are promised later.

Learn It. Love It. Live It.

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