The following are my notes of Trip Lee’s general session message at the Legacy 2013 Conference.
The theme of the conference is Soli Deo Gloria and we want to think about the glory of God in all areas of our lives and tonight I want to talk about the glory of God in evangelism.
This is hard topic because we often all feel guilty that we are not sharing the gospel enough. I was even feeling guilty this week about a neighbor that I did not follow through with on sharing the gospel.
Why do we preach the gospel? We preach the gospel so that people can see glory. In fact, if you do not get any other point in my message this is the main point:
We preach Christ so that people can see the glory of God.
The brokenness in our world is because people have not seen the glory of God. Ultimately, people go to hell because they do not know the glory of God. The glory of God matters!
Tonight we will look at 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 and hear from Paul who was not some guy sipping coffee at Starbucks when he wrote this letter. He was a guy who lived in this world and really struggled in it. Continue reading
The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS on 2 Corinthians 8-9.
1. Giving is a spiritual / theological endeavor. (2 Cor. 8:8-10)
This is the most important principle. Giving is gospel-centered. Paul calls us to consider the example of Jesus’ generosity and give all of himself to us.
We need to be careful to connect material blessing with generosity. We cannot “out give” God because of how much God gave us with sending his son Jesus.
2. Giving takes discipline and commitment. (2 Cor. 8:10-11)
It takes discipline to follow through on their desires. It takes discipline to give and Christians will always put us one or two steps behind the culture in our finances. For example, if you tithe you will be at least one step behind those who do not give 10% of their salary away.
(See comments below about the context of the chapters.)
3. Giving should be in proportion to your abundance. (2 Cor. 8:12-15)
It would be foolish to give in such a way that you do not have any money yourself that now other church members would need to help you.
The following outline was provided by Ed Gravely in a lecture at SEBTS.
I. Greeting & Thanksgiving (Ch.1)
II. Paul’s Apostolic Ministry (Ch. 1-7)
A. Paul’s Plan (Ch. 1-2)
B. The character of his ministry (Ch. 3-7)
III. The Collection for the Saints (Ch. 8-9)
IV. Paul Defends his Apostleship (Ch. 10-13)
V. Conclusion (Ch. 13)
The following are my notes of Ed Gravely’s lecture at SEBTS.
We know the following things about how Paul planted a church in Thessalonica by looking at Acts 17:
1. Paul first preached in Thessalonica during his 2nd missionary journey according to Acts 17:1-9.
2. Paul stayed in Thessalonica for at least 3 weeks (Acts 17:2) but probably he stayed there longer (maybe around 6 months?).
3. After Paul left Thessalonica he went to Berea. The Thessalonian Jews tracked him down and incited the Bereans to expel him from the city (Acts 17:10-15).
4. Paul continued his travels and was apparently reached with news of the Thessalonians by Timothy while he was in Corinth.
The Sustaining Power of the Gospel
2 Corinthians 4
There is a temptation to lose heart in pastoral ministry. Paul was very familiar with this temptation.
In this chapter we are reminded of the temptation to lose heart and Paul’s resolve to not lose heart.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. (2 Corinthians 4:1)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
Even the best of pastors and preachers are familiar with this temptation. There is no pastor exempt from this temptation.
I wonder how many pastors here have lost heart of pastoral ministry. I believe this conference is a gift from God to address and strengthen your heart. So let none of us waste this conference and listen humbly to each and every message. Use meals to review the messages and see evidences of grace.
We gather as needy men! Not as those who are to impress each other. We need grace.
If it is not well with your soul then acknowledge that with those around you. Grace and help is just an acknowledgment away.
What does a pastor do when he begins to lose heart?
Here are 3 heart protectors for this temptation:
1. The Call of Christian Ministry Continue reading