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2 Corinthians: Strange Fire Overhead?

2 Corinthians: Strange Fire Overhead?

Lev.10:1-11; 2Cor.11:1-6

On January 28, 1986, the Challenger disaster occurred – all because an O-Ring was unable to flex in cold temperatures. It’s rigidness caused a tragedy when it couldn’t compensate for stress under ignition. How do WE compensate for stress?

To Handle Life’s Stress, Remember

Holiness is High Priority ~ Leviticus 10:1-5, 10-11
OT Principle: when those men did not take God’s holiness seriously, disaster struck!

  • 3 God vitally concerned about His holiness
  • 10/11 WE have to be carefully concerned about it as well

Purity Is Protective ~ 2Corinthians 11:1-6
NT Practice

  • 1/2 Paul isn’t GUILTING; he’s explaining his passion for their purity
  • 3 pure & sincere devotion is our core: what draws us away?
  • 4 why do we put up with false teaching easily enough? Because DILIGENCE IS HARD
  • 5/6 warning here: don’t be distracted by the “super-apostle”, the celebrity religious figure, the outward image of piety

We MUST take specific steps to protect the purity and holiness of our devotion to Christ – or we’ll be dragged off course with potentially disastrous results. What conversations have you had with those close to you this last month about your devotion to God?


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