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“We Do Not Lose Heart”

2 Corinthians 4:1-18
Paul said, “We do not lose heart” (2 Cor 4:1, 16), yet he had every reason to be discouraged (2 Cor 4:8-9).  Jesus told the disciples they would have tribulation (John 16:33).  How did Paul develop a resilient faith in Christ despite so many troubles?

I. PAUL ACCEPTED — GOD’S MINISTRY AS HIS MINISTRY

A. He had a glorious ministry (2 Cor 4:1; 3:9-11; 11:23-29)
B. He had pure motives (2 Cor 4:2)
C. He had an awareness of Satan (2 Cor 4:3-4; 11:3)

II. PAUL KNEW — HIS EXAMPLE WAS IMPORTANT

A. Many souls depended on him (2 Cor 4:5-12; 13-15)

III. PAUL USED — DIFFICULTY TO DEEPEN HIS FAITH

A. His soul was his foremost concern (2 Cor 4:16-17; Col 3:9-10)

IV. PAUL LOOKED — BEYOND HIS TROUBLES

A. His view was eternal in scope (2 Cor 4:18; 5:1-2)

These are the things that kept Paul from “loosing heart” despite his troubles.

Hope In A Time Of Despair (Genesis 3:1-24)

In the dawn of history there was a great need for hope – there still is!  But things couldn’t have been worse for mankind than when sin entered God’s perfect world.  But at man’s darkest hour God gave us HOPE.

I.    HOPE – THROUGH A NEW NAME

A.    Woman’s first name means – out of man (Gen 2:23).
B.    God’s new name means – mother of all the living” (Gen 3:20).
1.    Man lived in hope of a Redeemer (Gen 3:15; cf. Heb 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8; Eph 1:7).

C.    The redeemed “in Christ” also have a new name (2 Cor 6:18; Gal 3:26; 1 John 3:1).
1.    And we live in hope of more new name(s) (Rev 3:11-12).

II.    HOPE – THROUGH A NEW COVERING

A.    Man’s covering for sin was inadequate (Gen 3:7).
B.    God’s new covering required animals to die (Gen 3:21; cf. Heb 9:22).
1.    Man lived in hope of a greater death AND covering (Heb 9:12; John 1:29).

C.    The redeemed “in Christ” also have a new covering (Gal 3:27).
1.    And we live in hope of yet another new covering (2 Cor 5:4).

III.    HOPE – THROUGH A NEW HOME

A.    Man was expelled from his first home with God (Gen 3:23).
B.    God’s new home was NOT given in wrath, BUT in mercy (Gen 3:22).
1.    Man lived in hope; he lived in view of his first home with God (Gen 3:24).

C.    The redeemed “in Christ” also have the promise of a new home (Rev 22:1-3).
1.    And we live in hope of God & the Tree of Life in that new home (Rev 22:14).

It pleased God to approach us, even though we have all sinned against Him.  But we must approach God in a manner He has prescribed.In doing that there is HOPE!

Jesus’ Resurrection and Hope

Jesus rose from the dead to provide those who obey Him with the greatest single hope.  And that hope is the reality of a resurrection from the dead to life eternal. “Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25).  In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explained why Jesus’ resurrection is so important.

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