Courage to Walk (2 Corinthians 5:1-21)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, February 5, 2023
Part of the Faithful - Before God - In Community - On Mission series, preached at a Sunday Online service

2 Corinthians 5 (Listen)

5:1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


Sermon Notes

Faithful - Before God - In Community - On Mission
Courage to Walk
2 Corinthians 5

How do you approach life?

*Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are in the body we are absent from the Lord-for we walk by faith,not by sight-we are of good courage, I say, and prefer to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
*Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Challenge-Discover God's way to a courageous life
Key verses - 2 Corinthians 5:7,17
Application - Paying the price is always worth it!

7 steps to a courageous life:
I. Courage to persevere - 2 Corinthians 5:1-5
*He is preparing us for our eternal home!
II. Courage to walk by faith - 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
*He is equipping us to live effectively in anticipation of heaven!
III. Courage to please Him - 2 Corinthians 5:9-10
*He is reminding us that our lives matter and will be rewarded!
IV. Courage to share Him - 2 Corinthians 5:11-15
*He is calling us to let others know He is the answer!
V. Courage to walk in the Spirit - 2 Corinthians 5:17
*He is enabling us to experience a living way!
VI. Courage to live in Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
*He is reconciling us as new creations!
VII. Courage to represent Him - 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
*He is positioning us in Him because He represented us!

Will you take these 7 steps?

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