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2 Corinthians: The Picture of Repentance

2 Corinthians: The Picture of Repentance

2Corinthians 7:8-12

The “Behold the Man” fresco in Borja, Spain used to be a nice if unremarkable painting of Jesus. Painted on a church wall in 1930, the moisture of the wall was beginning to damage the picture. An elderly woman in the church decided to “fix” the painting… and her results became known around the world. Her attempt at restoration has been called “one woman’s vision of her savior, uncompromised by schooling”. It brings up the question: how DO we see Jesus in each other?

How Can We Restore The Image of Christ Among Us?

Carefully Craft the Frame of Repentance ~ Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

  • 1/3 approach worship carefully (joyful is NOT disrespectful)
  • 4/7 God expects to respect YOU; don’t break promises to God

Discern The Details of Repentance ~ 2Corinthians 7:8-12

  • 8/9 some sorrow is GOOD (even though it feels bad)
  • 10 not all sorrow is Godly
  • 11 the FRUIT of Godly sorrow changes your world
  • 12 when shared, repentance can build up the body

The Call to Repentance isn’t something to be shouted through a bullhorn; it’s to be lovingly crafted among those of us who are broken. What concrete steps could you take to repair a relationship this week?

I Can’t Get No…

I Can’t Get No… Sermon Audio Here

Ecclesiastes 5:8-16

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction, Rolling Stone’s Magazine #2 Song of all time was considered very controversial when it came out in 1965. It was considered an attack on the status quo. Which reminds me…

Because Life Is Temporary We Can’t Get…

Satisfaction from Power
vs8-9 power as a distraction from the task

  • people in positions of power seek even MORE power, to the detriment of all

Satisfaction from Money
vs10-14 money is transactional, not an end to itself

  • Rockefeller: how much $ is enough? “just a little bit more”

Satisfaction from Savings
vs15-16 what are we saving FOR?

  • hard work to save for the future – only will go so far

Lasting Satisfaction without the Lord
1 Tim. 6:6-12 God transcends the temporary

  • v6 godliness WITH contentment
  • v9/10 eager for money=meeting your own needs=idolatry
  • v11 pursue=IMPERATIVE FOLLOW (not chase to catch, but follow to stay on the right path)
  • v12 “take hold” the state of holding onto (bird, landing on log floating down river)

Our ultimate satisfaction is only found in maintaining our connection to Christ.


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