In this final message our of Flourish in Faith emphasis, we go all the way to the end of Second Corinthians to consider Paul’s final exhortation to that congregation. In this single verse, we hear God’s command to rejoice, be made complete, be comforted by one another, be like minded, live in peace, and walk in the love and peace of God. These traits represent life in a healthy church, and they result in joy pervading the body of Christ.
God is not a hoarder, He is a giver, and as believers give, God is shown to be the One who resupplies and multiplies what is given in righteousness. We are not buckets meant to collect and hold what God gives, we are faucets, meant to dispense what God supplies. In this fifth “Flourish in Faith” sermon, we explore 10 biblical benefits of giving.
Christ said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:28) In Christ, we are meant to be servants as well — never passive spectators, but active participants in His work. This sermon explores the role of the servant, the message of the servant, the caution of the servant, and the path of the servant, all with the goal of helping is realize that our greatest joy is in being servants of Christ and serving others in His name.
“Love” is definitely one of our favorite subjects as Christians. But it is also one of the most misunderstood subjects in the church because our idea of love is typically rooted in worldly wisdom rather than in scriptural truth. Biblically speaking, true love is rooted in death. Christ’s death demonstrated God’s love and secured our love. So the questions we answer through this sermon are, “What does it mean for us to be ‘constrained’ by love?” and “What does the death of Christ mean for our life and ministry?”
The Corinthians church frequently put Paul in the position of having to defend his apostleship and ministry. In this text, Paul is specifically defending His preaching ministry, but through his words, God gives us a magnificent picture of the church’s role in lifting up Christ. As we proclaim Christ, the church is edified, the world is judged guilty of sin, and the lost are saved as God sovereignly gives the light of the knowledge of His glory in the face of Christ.
In this first sermon of our “Flourish in Faith” mini-series, we learn from Paul’s experience of suffering that our heavenly Father blesses us with challenges and afflictions to bring us back to Himself. God works through adversity to shatter any sense of self-reliance, to show us that we are truly weak, and to help us see that every other earthly support will fail us. The result is that we trust in Him rather than ourselves, and this trust is poured out in renewed hope and fervent prayer.