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2 Corinthians: We Lose To Win

2 Corinthians: We Lose To Win

2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1

In the 2017 Dallas Marathon, Chandler Self, a 32-year-old psychiatrist from New York City, was leading the race but she collapsed. That was when Ariana Luterman, a high school senior on a Texan relay team, helped the fallen runner to her feet. Self later admitted she didn’t prepare well for the race: she was under-rested and under-fed.

Lose the Hold on Sin to Win

We Stumble Because of Sin ~ Hosea 14:1-2, 9
Concept throughout OT

  • 1/2 Hosea pleads with God’s people: Your sin is tripping you up!
  • 9 When we give up our sin, we can walk without stumbling: hold on to it, and we’re stuck

We Seek An Open Heart ~ 2 Corinthians 6:11-13
Can’t do OT concept without this

  • 11/13 we’re unable to progress if our hearts are locked on our sin; we have to live as open hearted people

We Shake Off The Weight ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

  • 14 Hosea showed unequal yolking doesn’t work: Gomer kept leaving him because she wasn’t ready to give up her sin, not even for the love of a good man (and a great God)
  • 15 Belial: Heb. Slang for the Devil. Notice: this is NOT talking about differences in Christian theology: e.g. predestination Reformed vs. free will Baptist
  • 16/18 God lives AMONG us and IN us 1 perfecting holiness=epiteleO, to put the finishing touch/’cap off’ on holiness

Measure what you Treasure: search your heart – what are you fixated on? Write out the top 3 distractions competing with your spiritual growth.

MEMORIZE: Hebrews 12:1


2 Corinthians: Yes, Lord, Yes!

2 Corinthians: Yes, Lord, Yes!


The word “amen” is a most remarkable word. It was transliterated directly from the Hebrew into the Greek of the New Testament, then into Latin and into English and many other languages, so that it is practically a universal word. It has been called the best-known word in human speech. The word is directly related–in fact, almost identical–to the Hebrew word for “believe” (aman), or “faithful.” Thus, it came to mean “sure” or truly,” an expression of absolute trust and confidence. When one believes God, he indicates his faith by an “amen.” When God makes a promise, the believer’s response is “amen”–”so it will be!”

Y.E.S. Lord:

God Doesn’t Yo-Yo

  • 18/19 He ALWAYS loves you; how do you know? EASTER! The Cross is the proof that The Father loves you – He gave His son in YOUR place. The Empty Grave is the proof that Jesus loves you – He rose to show that “even death cannot stop true love”

God Equips Us

  • 20 (cf. 2Pet.1:3-4) God’s promises are for our benefit: but given OUT OF who God is! .

God Steadies Us

  • 21/22: Our faith isn’t based in our actions. We don’t earn God’s salvation. God ESTABLISHES IT, SIGNS IT, SEALS IT, and GUARANTEES IT.

God has said YES to you… won’t you say YES to Him?

Pastor Ed Backell

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