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2 Corinthians 5:18–21
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[a] 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.
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Watch the Sermon
Summary: Last week, Pastor Daniel shared from 2 Corinthians 3:7–18 about why we are to love God's glory and how by doing so we ourselves are changed from one degree of glory to another. We were reminded of the first aspect of our mission statement: We exist to love God’s glory. This Sunday, we will be covering the third aspect of our mission statement: to go out in love to serve God’s world. In 2 Corinthians 5:18–21, Paul explains to the Corinthians that through the ministry of Christ we are reconciled back to God. And not only has God graciously reconciled us to himself, but he has made us his ambassadors and has given us the ministry and the message of reconciliation to take to the world. Therefore, we go out and share with them how their sins can be forgiven and how righteousness is offered through Christ.
Review and Apply
What work is God responsible for in the ministry of reconciliation? What work are we responsible for?
Why was Jesus, who knew no sin, made to become sin for us? In considering Christ's sufferings on our behalf, how does this motivate your heart to minister?
When was the last time you prayed for someone to be reconciled to God? How often is concern for the lost a part of your prayers and conversations?
What are some examples of ways that you have been an ambassador for Christ? What practices would you like to grow in as an ambassador for Christ?