5/22/2005 ~ City People

┌─> Time for all to Hear.
... Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 6:1-18

Corinth was much like New York
It was a commercial city.
The people lived by the flesh.

It is a letter to all of us today
Much as a result of television that now overwhelms us.

Paul pondered that these people weren't worth saving.
They caused problems, dissention in the church.

However, Paul hit it head on, he did not give up.
In his second letter to the Corinthians progress was made
for the people that wanted to worship the true God.
Some were fed up with Paul and did not want to hear him.
Paul's choice was clear: He was sent by Christ.

He knew people would be apprehensive of him
being he had mudered Christians in the past.
                      ┌─> Did not want to exalt himself.
He purposely wrote simply to further the word of God.
└─> Wanted them to remember not based on his talents.
He said he also needed the blood of Jesus Christ to be saved.

Paul's problem was not that he was:
                • A SINNER
                • UNTALENTED

Paul's problem was:
                • BAD REPUTATION
                • NOT LIKE THEM

What Paul did was:
                • TAUGHT THE TAUGHT

                                                                            So Paul confesses <─┐
... that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
~ 1st Timothy 1:15

... I also was standing by consenting to his death, ... ~ Acts 22:20

       ┌─> We all need the saving blood of Jesus.
... Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
~ Revelation 1:5

┌─> Paul was defamed, ridiculed.
... and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 4:11-13

But he delivered them from the foolishness of this world.

... their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
~ Romans 10:1-3

I'm not here to slam you but to fellowship with you.

┌─> Each person is a minister of conduct.
We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 6:3-10

Paul was their scapegoat.

... not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh that is, of the heart.
~ 2nd Corinthians 3:1-3

Corinthians were inconsistant.
Paul presented to them a choice:
~ Be with Christ or take a chance on the world.

... but you are restricted by your own affections. ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 6:11-14

           ┌─> Separate yourselves away from the ways of the wicked one.
... "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord, ..."
~ 2nd Corinthians 6:15-18

Materialism and Covetness was their biggest draw.

... For the wicked one shall no more pass through you; ... ~ Nahum 1:15

Immorality and uncontrolled lusts are certainly a social illness to God
and should not be condoned by anyone who would choose to worship our One True God.
... nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, ... will inherit the kingdom of God. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 6:9-11

                                    ┌─> Paul's letter was one of rebuke.
... let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 7:1-8

Put your animosities away.

... godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 7:9-12

Problems Corinthians had:
           • Affections - Fruit of the world or that of above.
           • Did not like his rebukes.

... a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. ~ Proverbs 13:1

Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath. ~ Proverbs 29:8

If you can’t hear rebuke, you can’t be helped.
We need to accept rebuking and be refreshed by it.

When people stand for God
– they do not write each other off.

We need to bind our fellowship together.
We need the right affection.

Love of truth.





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