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The Global Gospel of Reconciliation

March 3, 2019 Speaker: Aaron Crim

Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:14–5:21

God is holy and we are not. Our sin has alienated us from God and one day we will stand before Him and give an account for the things we have done in this life. Therefore, our greatest need is to have our sins forgiven and to be covered by the righteousness of another. The good news is that God in Christ is reconciling the world to Himself. God made a way by sending Christ who “redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” This awesome display of sacrificial love then compels us to no longer live for ourselves but to live for God. This reorientation sets us free from seeing temporal things as ultimate and to properly see that which is of eternal significance. We are now ambassadors for King Jesus in the midst of an alien world, proclaiming his message of reconciliation. Sinners can be totally, completely, and, eternally forgiven, and so “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

 

Discussion Questions:

  1.  What part of the sermon or text had the greatest impact on you? Where were you most encouraged, intrigued, challenged?

  2. What is our greatest need? Does our answer to this question impact our evangelism? If so, how?

  3. How does this passage, particularly verse 16, impact the way we view and interact with our friends, co-workers, neighbors etc.? Does this verse have implications to the way we view our brothers and sister within the church?

  4. Verse 19 says “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them” how can God forgive sins and remain just?

  5. We often talk about the number of unreached people and unreached people groups, does the task of reaching them with the gospel seem unattainable? Why or why not? How can we further leverage our time, talent, and, treasure to finish the task?

Reading Plan:

Monday: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Tuesday: 2 Corinthians 5:1-11

Wednesday: 2 Corithians 5:12-21

Thursday: Galatians 3:10-14

Friday: Romans 8: 1-11

Saturday: 1 Peter 2: 22-24

Sunday: Isaiah 53: 1-12