Balancing our Challenges (2 Corinthians 6:1-18)

Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, February 12, 2023
Part of the Faithful - Before God - In Community - On Mission series, preached at a Sunday Online service

2 Corinthians 6 (Listen)

6:1 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says,

  “In a favorable time I listened to you,
    and in a day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

  “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
    and I will be their God,
    and they shall be my people.
17   Therefore go out from their midst,
    and be separate from them, says the Lord,
  and touch no unclean thing;
    then I will welcome you,
18   and I will be a father to you,
    and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
  says the Lord Almighty.”


Sermon Notes

Faithful - Before God - In Community - On Mission
Balancing our Challenges
2 Corinthians 6

Have you ever faced a life changing challenge?

*At the acceptable time I listened to You, and on the day of salvation I helped you. 2 Corinthians 6:2

*in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left. 2 Corinthians 6:7

*Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6: 14

Challenge - Be willing to pay the price
Key verse - 2 Corinthians 6:7
Application - His light guides us through highs and lows

I. The life we choose to live - 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
A. He listens to our hearts and we act
B. Live a life worthy of Jesus

II. The challenges we encounter in life - 2 Corinthians 6:3-13
A. Pain opens to door to purpose
B. Character opens our hearts to a righteous life
C. Balance is achieved as we live transparently

III. The light we must walk in - 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
A. Light with darkness - caution
B. Temple of the living God - protect

Is your life in balance?

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