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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?

Body Honor

Shaped By A Savior ~ Body Honor Sermon Audio Here


1 Sam. 3:1-10/1 Cor. 6:12-20
When a young person enlists in the military, they swear an oath. They agree to live by a standard BEFORE they know what that means, and are held accountable to do so.

Our Response To Our Experience Shows Our Allegiance

When God Speaks; who listens?

1 Sam. 3:1-10 How does Samuel respond?

  • v1/4 God calls specifically; Eli didn’t hear
  • v5/7 God calls repeatedly; Eli didn’t catch on right away
  • v8/9 Eli realizes God is calling Samuel; helps boy respond appropriately
  • v10 God calls personally; Samuel connects because of Eli’s instruction

TRANSITION: even though used to help Samuel, Eli is rebuked by God for not controlling his sons’ inappropriate behavior

When our Bodies speak, who’s in control?
1 Cor. 6:12-20 How do we respond to our own flesh?

  • v12/13 Corinthians had idea that all natural urges are fair game;
    While the urges may be real, they do not need to be in control
  • v14/15 We are connected to Christ; live accordingly!
  • v17 “is one spirit”; more than just affinity
  • v18/20 don’t let your flesh override God’s spirit

v19 you can listen to the Holy Spirit in you *over* your own flesh


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