A Vision of the Future
2Co 4:1-15 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; (2) But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. (3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (5) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. (6) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (8) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; (9) Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; (10) Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. (11) For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. (12) So then death worketh in us, but life in you. (13) We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; (14) Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. (15) For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
Christian Standard Lesson Notes
Audio of broadcast on WFLI Aug 17, 2014
I want to clarify a few things that I said on the broadcast.
(1) I am Pentecostal. I completely believe that miracles happen today regardless if some fake miracles by trickery. I have been physically healed and I have received words of knowledge. Nothing that I said today should be interpreted to mean I do not believe miracles happen today.
(2) I believe it is a shame and an abomination in the sight of God when super star preachers live way above the folks that support them. A preacher should live at the same level as the folks that are served by his ministry.
(3) Most of your donations should go to your local church and your denomination. Give your money to the folks that actually minister to you and the folks that have to answer to someone. If you will not see them at the hospital or funeral home, don’t send them no big chunk of change.
This is the most important thing I want to restate: Unchurched, please don’t judge all ministers by these 20 or 30 jerks that expose Christ and His message to an open shame. Go to a local church with a good pastor that is doing to the work of God for the right reasons.