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Accept Your Mission

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Accept Your Mission

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (NIV)

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin a for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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I.         Introduction: Mission impossible – Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . . .

II.       Assume the Marks of Sincerity

A.      Sincerely Concerned:  The Conclusion of your Life Weighed

B.      Sincerely Transparent: The Core of your Being Exposed

C.      Sincerely Abandoned: The Concern for Appearances Minimized

III.     Adopt the motivation of Christ

A.      Compelled by the Love of Christ: A Driving Argument

B.      Convinced of the Death of Christ: A Divine Answer

C.      Consecrated to the Life of Christ: A Dedicated Attitude

IV.    Acknowledge the Meaning of People

A.      Recognize the Worth of Man: A Personal Significance

B.      Recognize the Incarnation of Christ: A Personal Investment

C.      Recognize the Power of God: A Personal Redemption

V.      Announce the Message from God

A.      Receiving the Message: A Personal Communication from God

B.      Relating the Message: A Shared Revelation From God

C.      Responsible for the Message: A Serious Obligation From God

VI.    Accomplish the Ministry of an Ambassador

A.      Feel the Grief of God: A Conduit for Gods Heart

B.      Plead the Case of God: A Call From God’s Heart

C.      Yield Yourself to God: A Conformity to God’s Heart

VII.  Conclusion


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 a Or be a sin offering

[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

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