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Leveraging Our Lives for the Sake of the Gospel | 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2

Do you feel empowered and equipped to share your faith? Taking a short break in our 1 Corinthians series, Timothy “TA” Ateek uses 2 Corinthians 5 to provide clarity around our mentality, message, mission, and motivation in proclaiming the gospel to those who need to hear it.

Timothy "TA" AteekApr 3, 2022
2 Corinthians 5

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Leveraging Our Lives for the Sake of the Gospel | 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2
Timothy "TA" AteekApr 3, 2022

Summary

Do you feel empowered and equipped to share your faith? Taking a short break in our 1 Corinthians series, Timothy “TA” Ateek uses 2 Corinthians 5 to provide clarity around our mentality, message, mission, and motivation in proclaiming the gospel to those who need to hear it.

Key Takeaways

  • God, in His kindness, has given us a role in others’ spiritual birth.
  • Sharing Jesus isn’t a pastor or a missionary thing; it’s a Christian thing.
  • Our mentality should shift from looking at someone’s spirituality above all else (2 Corinthians 5:16).
  • Four shifts in our mentality:
    • Abandon your Christian bubble to have meaningful interactions with nonbelievers. We get filled up so we can get wrung out.
    • Learn to look past people’s sin to their need. Sin is a symptom of greater need.
    • Move towards nonbelievers in love. It’s not “us vs. them.”
    • Know that with Jesus, the impossible is always possible.
  • Our message: He exchanges your story of failure for His story of forgiveness. We once were dead but now we are alive (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • The gospel is a message of reconciliation. A distinct change has happened, and we have peace and favor with God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
  • Only God could design and execute a plan of reconciliation with Himself.
  • The Great Exchange: His righteousness to us; our sin to Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • Our mission is to be ambassadors for Christ and agents of rescue (2 Corinthians 5:20).
  • God has limitless power, creativity, and wisdom. Yet He has chosen to get His message out through us.
  • When we fear being nobodies, God has given us an invitation to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
  • We identify with stories of rescue because we have been rescued.
  • Our motivation is to express the love of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14) and the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Where are your spheres of influence? Pray for opportunities there.
  • How can you be focused on nonbelievers so that you are listening for their deep spiritual needs, and what are some good questions you can ask them?
  • Who can you invite to experience Christ at Watermark with you?
  • Do you feel comfortable sharing your story of salvation with others who could be encouraged by it? If not, who in your community of believers can help you practice?

Resources for Further Discussion