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We Preach Christ Crucified (CC)

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LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY THE APOSTLE PAUL IN HIS SECOND LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS, WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 4, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 5: FOR WHAT WE PREACH IS NOT OURSELVES, BUT JESUS CHRIST AS LORD, AND OURSELVES AS YOUR SERVANTS FOR JESUS' SAKE. FOR GOD WHO SAID, "LET LIGHT SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS," MADE HIS LIGHT SHINE IN OUR HEARTS TO GIVE US THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD'S GLORY DISPLAYED IN THE FACE OF CHRIST. BUT WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY TO SHOW THAT THIS ALL-SURPASSING POWER IS FROM GOD AND NOT FROM US. WE ARE HARD PRESSED ON EVERY SIDE, BUT NOT CRUSHED; PERPLEXED, BUT NOT IN DESPAIR; PERSECUTED, BUT NOT ABANDONED; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED. WE ALWAYS CARRY AROUND IN OUR BODY THE DEATH OF JESUS, SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS MAY ALSO BE REVEALED IN OUR BODY. FOR WE WHO ARE ALIVE ARE ALWAYS BEING GIVEN OVER TO DEATH FOR JESUS' SAKE, SO THAT HIS LIFE MAY ALSO BE REVEALED IN OUR MORTAL BODY. SO THEN, DEATH IS AT WORK IN US, BUT LIFE IS AT WORK IN YOU. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: IT WAS ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO, FIVE YEARS AFTER I HAD COME HERE TO BE PASTOR AT ZION, WHEN I GOT A PHONE CALL ONE DAY. AND THE LADY ON THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE CALL SAID, "PASTOR, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER ME, BUT I HEARD ONE OF YOUR SERMONS IN FLORIDA ONCE." OKAY ... AND WENT ON TO EXPLAIN WHO SHE WAS AND SHE SAID, "I WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THAT SERMON." AND I SAID, "DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT SUNDAY IT WAS?" AND SHE SAID, "NO." I SAID, "DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT TIME OF THE CHURCH YEAR IT WAS?" AND SHE SAID, "IT WASN'T THE ADVENT, I THINK, BECAUSE THE POINT YOU MADE IN THE SERMON, WAS THAT THE OLD TESTAMENT WAS LIKE A PICTURE PUZZLE AND GOD HAD PLACED ALL OF THESE PIECES FOR THE PEOPLE TO PUT TOGETHER. AND THEN WHEN JESUS CAME, ALL OF THE PIECES FINALLY FIT AND EVERYTHING SHOWED THIS BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF GOD'S LOVE. AND I SAID TO HER, "I DON'T HAVE THAT SERMON." AND SHE SAID, "WHY? WHAT DO YOU MEAN?" AND I SAID, "I DON'T KEEP MY SERMONS. THE MINUTE ON SUNDAY THAT SERMON IS DONE, IT'S OVERWITH, IT'S GONE, AND WE START ON THE NEXT ONE. AND SHE SAID TO ME, "I DON'T THINK YOU'RE A GOOD PASTOR. BECAUSE THOSE WORDS THAT YOU WROTE REALLY TOUCHED ME AND HOW COULD YOU TAKE YOUR OWN WORDS AND NOT KEEP THEM FOREVER? TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT THEM, TO POUR OVER THEM, TO HEAR THEM TIME AND TIME AGAIN." AND I REPLIED TO HER, "BECAUSE IT'S NOT ABOUT ME. AND IT'S NOT ABOUT MY WORDS. WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED. AND IT ISN'T ABOUT YOU." AND I SAID, "IT REALLY IS AMAZING TO ME THAT AFTER SEVEN YEARS YOU STILL REMEMBER PART OF THAT SERMON. THE PART THAT TOUCHED YOU THAT DAY. THE PART THAT MADE SENSE IN YOUR MIND THAT DAY. AND I REJOICE THAT GOD USED ME TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HIM IN A CERTAIN WAY." BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW IT'S NOT ABOUT ME. IT HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO PROCLAIM THE WORD OF GOD. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT CHRIST. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT GOD. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT WHAT JESUS DID ...AND WHO HE IS, AND WHAT HE'S DONE, AND THAT'S WHY WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST. YOU DIDN'T COME HERE THIS MORNING TO HEAR A WONDERFUL NICE LITTLE TALE FROM MY LIFE AS A PASTOR. AND SOMEHOW NOW I CAN SAY "AMEN" AND YOU WOULD ALL GO HOME AND SAY: PASTOR TOLD THE BEST STORY TODAY. IT WAS REALLY MOVING. YOU ALL GO HOME AND TWEET ABOUT IT AND PUT IT ON FACEBOOK AND CALL UP YOUR RELATIVES WHO DON'T EVEN KNOW ME AND SAY: IT WAS THE BEST SERVICE TODAY. THE SERMON WAS SHORT. IT WAS SWEET. IT WAS RIGHT TO THE POINT. DIDN'T SAY MUCH ABOUT JESUS. DIDN'T SAY MUCH ABOUT WHAT IS THE POINT AND THE NEED OF OUR LIFE. THE FACT THAT WE NEED A SAVIOR IS CLEAR AND EVIDENT. DID YOU HEAR THOSE WORDS THAT PAUL SAID TO THE CHURCH IN CORINTH? ARE YOU PERPLEXED? ARE YOU HARD PRESSED IN LIFE? ARE YOU ... HAVING A DIFFICULT SITUATION? IS LIFE HARD FOR YOU? OF COURSE IT IS! YOU LIVE IN A WORLD OF SIN. YOU LIVE IN A WORLD OF EVIL. YOU LIVE IN A WORLD THAT IS NOT PERFECT. WHERE HORRIBLE AND TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN TO YOU ... TO YOUR LOVED ONES, TO THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY. AND WHAT IS IT THAT GETS YOU THROUGH THOSE DAYS? WHAT IS IT THAT SUSTAINS YOU THROUGH YOUR LIFE? THE APOSTLE PAUL CAME TO THE CHURCH IN CORINTH AND SAID: IT HAS TO BE CHRIST! IT HAS TO BE THE LORD AND SAVIOR OF ALL; WHO WAS BEFORE THIS WORLD BEGAN. WHO HIMSELF SAID: LET THERE BE LIGHT AND CREATED THIS AMAZING UNIVERSE. THE ONE WHO CREATED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. TO LIVE AND BE THE UNIQUE PERSON THAT WE ARE. THAT GOD WHO IS STILL WITH US TODAY IS THE ONE THAT WE TURN TO FOR COMFORT. BUT HOW OFTEN IN OUR LIFE AREN'T WE LOOKING TO ALL OF THE THINGS THAT AREN'T THE TRUTH? AREN'T THE THINGS THAT ARE SOLID! IT SEEMS THAT EVERY YEAR A NEW FAD COMES ALONG OR A NEW IDEA COMES ALONG. YES, KALE IS GOING TO SAVE YOUR LIFE. YOU'RE GONNA BE THE HEALTHIEST THING ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH BECAUSE OF KALE. AND IN FIVE YEARS SOMETHING ELSE IS GONNA BE THERE. COFFEE'S GOOD FOR YOU ONE DAY. COFFEE'S BAD FOR YOU THE NEXT DAY. EAT THE EGGS ONE DAY. DON'T EAT THE EGGS THE NEXT DAY. BUT WE LOVE TO JUMP ON THOSE THINGS THAT ARE THE TREND. WITHOUT REALIZING SOMETIMES THAT OUR FAITH IS IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. HE IS THE LORD OF OUR LIFE. AND HE'S THE ONE THAT WE CARRY AROUND IN OUR BODY EACH AND EVERY DAY. THAT WE CARRY AROUND HIS DEATH. THAT'S AN INTERESTING KIND OF PHRASE, ISN'T IT? "TO CARRY AROUND THE DEATH OF CHRIST IN OUR BODIES." AND I THINK WE ALL GET IT AND WE ALL UNDERSTAND IT WHEN WE PUT IT TO PEOPLE WHO'VE MEANT SOMETHING TO US IN OUR LIFE. MAYBE IT'S OUR MOTHER. OR OUR FATHER WHO DIED. AND WE CARRY THAT MEMORY AROUND WITH US IN OUR LIVES. WE HEAR PEOPLE SAY WORDS THAT THEY SAID AND PHRASES THE WAY THAT THEY SAID THEM. AND WE'RE RIGHT THERE REMEMBERING THEM. MAYBE IT'S A FAMILY MEMBER, WHO HAS DIED, AND WE REALIZE THAT EVERY TIME THEIR BIRTHDAY COMES AROUND IT'S A REMINDER TO US THAT THEY'RE NOT HERE. WE KNOW HOW TO CARRY AROUND SOMEONE'S DEATH IN OUR LIFE. YES, AND SOMETIMES WE GET STUCK IN A PART OF GRIEF WHERE WE DON'T WANNA BE COMFORTED. AND ALL WE DO IS MOURN THAT DEATH. AND ALL WE DO IS LOOK AT IT AS A HORRIBLE AND A DIFFICULT AND A BAD THING. BUT, OF COURSE, WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT IF WE'RE NOT CARRYING AROUND THE DEATH OF CHRIST. NOT REALIZING WHY CHRIST HAD TO COME TO THIS WORLD AND HAD TO DIE. I CARRY AROUND THE DEATH OF CHRIST BECAUSE I AM A SINNER. I KNOW I BREAK GOD'S LAW. I KNOW I DON'T PUT INTO PRACTICE WHAT MOSES ENCOURAGED GOD'S CHILDREN TO DO IN DEUTERONOMY. TO OBSERVE THE SABBATH. TO REST IN THE LORD. TO FIND TIME TO REFLECT IN TRUST IN GOD'S STRENGTH. AND TO BE IN HIS WORD. I CAN COME UP WITH A HUNDRED REASONS EVERY DAY WHY I'M TOO BUSY ... TO TAKE THAT TIME, AND TO MAKE THAT EFFORT. I KNOW THAT I SIN AGAINST GOD AND AGAINST HIS WILL. I ALSO KNOW THAT I CAN'T TAKE CARE OF MY OWN SIN. I CAN'T EVEN MANAGE STOPPING IT SOME DAYS, LET ALONE PAYING THE COST THAT GOD DEMANDED ... WHICH IS PERFECTION. SO HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT GOD SENT CHRIST INTO THIS WORLD TO TAKE CARE OF MY SIN. TO DIE FOR ME. TO REMOVE MY SIN. AND THAT IS WHY I CARRY AROUND THE DEATH OF CHRIST IN MY BODY. KNOWING AND LIVING; KNOWING THAT I NOW LIVE IN THE LOVE OF GOD. NOT HERE TO BE PUNISHED BY HIM, BUT BLESSED. HE HAS FORGIVEN MY SIN. HE'S CALLED ME HIS OWN. MY ETERNITY IS SECURE. AND IN THIS WORLD I KNOW THAT ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT PERPLEX MY MIND, THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND; ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT PRESS DOWN HARD ON ME TO CRUSH ME AND TO STOP ME, ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT BY THE GRACE OF GOD. I STAND UP UNDER ALL OF THOSE THINGS, ALL OF THAT PRESSURE, ALL OF THOSE ATTACKS, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT GOD HAS LOVED ME. HE HAS FORGIVEN ME THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON. THAT HE IS GOING TO GUIDE AND PROTECT ME AND IT MAKES ME LIVE DIFFERENTLY. IT MAKES ME LIVE AS SOMEONE WHO PROCLAIMS THAT KNOWLEDGE TO OTHERS. THAT'S MY MINISTRY. THAT'S YOUR MINISTRY AS WE CARRY AROUND THAT BODY OF CHRIST TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT THIS IS MY LORD AND THIS IS MY SAVIOR. THIS IS WHO I PUT MY TRUST IN. THE FIRST SIN THAT I AM IN TROUBLE AND IN DIFFICULTY IT IS THE LORD THAT COMES TO MIND. TO GO TO HIM IN PRAYER. TO DISCUSS IT WITH HIM. HE'S THE SECOND ONE THAT I GO TO AND THE THIRD ONE THAT I GO TO ... BECAUSE HE'S THE ONE WHO TRULY MATTERS. THE ONE WHO TRULY HELPS. THE ONE WHO HAS PREPARED FOR EACH OF US AN ETERNAL LIFE BEYOND WHAT WE CAN IMAGINE. THROUGH HIS RESURRECTION WE KNOW THAT WE, TOO, WILL HAVE LIFE. AND THAT THIS LIFE IS NOT THE END. THAT THIS LIFE, THAT WE CAN HONESTLY SAY, IS NOT PLEASANT. MANY DAYS, IS NOT WHAT ETERNITY IS GOING TO BE LIKE. AND YET SO OFTEN WE GET FOCUSED ON THE THINGS THAT ARE HERE BECAUSE WE SEE THEM. AND WE THINK THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF TODAY. TO PAY MY BILLS. TO GO TO WORK IS THE MOST THING I NEED TO DO TODAY. AND WE CAN SAY: GOD WILL BE THERE AT THE END. GOD WILL ALWAYS BE THERE. WE KEEP PUSHING HIM BACK AND PUSHING HIM OFF. WHEN I GET TIME, THEN GOD'S GONNA BE THERE. THE NEWS IS GOD IS HERE WITH US RIGHT NOW. IT'S TIME FOR US TO TAKE THE TIME TO BE WITH HIM. TO REST IN HIS WORD, AND TO JUST TRUST HIM. AND SOMETIMES TO JUST SIT IN SILENCE WITH THE WORD OF GOD. BECAUSE WHEN WE ARE PERPLEXED, WHEN WE ARE QUESTIONING, WHEN THINGS ARE DIFFICULT, SOMETIMES ALL WE WANT TO DO IS BLABBER ABOUT IT AND TALK ABOUT IT AND TELL EVERYBODY ABOUT IT AND SAY ALL THESE THINGS. AND WE GO TO GOD AND WE JUST PRAY AND PRAY AND PRAY AND PRAY AND PRAY. WELL ACTUALLY WE JUST TELL HIM WHAT'S WRONG. BUT THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR JUST STOPPING, AND LISTENING, AND SITTING WITH GOD AND HEARING WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. AND HEARING HIS WORD. THAT HE'S NOT EVER GOING TO ABANDON US. THAT HE WILL BE WITH US ALWAYS. TO TRUST HIM. IT'S ALL GOING TO BE FINE. IN THE END, YOU'RE GOING TO BE BLESSED BEYOND WHAT YOU CAN IMAGINE. AND IN THE MEANTIME, I AM HERE WITH YOU LOVING YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY. GUIDING YOU WITH MY HAND, SENDING MY ANGELS TO GUARD AND PROTECT YOU. I ... AM ... WITH YOU. AND WHEN WE LIVE THAT WAY, THE WORLD WILL SEE THE DIFFERENCE. AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SAY: IT'S NOT ABOUT ME. IT'S ALL ABOUT CHRIST. IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS. IT'S ALL ABOUT MY LORD AND SAVIOR. AND THAT BECOMES WHAT I REFLECT TO THE WORLD. THE LIGHT THAT GOD HAS SHINED ON ME THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST THAT I CAN TAKE AND SHOW TO THE WORLD. THAT'S MY CONFESSION. THAT'S MY SERMON. THAT'S WHAT I PREACH. BECAUSE IN THE END, IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU. AND IT'S NOT ABOUT ME. AND SOMETIMES, YES, WE DO SAY WONDERFUL WORDS THAT GOD PUTS IN US TO ENCOURAGE SOMEONE ELSE. BUT THAT GLORY BELONGS TO HIM. BECAUSE HE'S THE ONE WHO USES EACH OF US AS THE MEMBERS OF HIS CHURCH TO DO HIS WILL. TO PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED. TO REMEMBER THE SINNERS THAT WE ARE THAT GOD HAS SAVED. TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE ETERNAL LIFE THAT IS OURS THROUGH JESUS' RESURRECTION. AND IN THE MEANTIME TO KNOW THAT WE WILL PERSEVERE BECAUSE THE LORD IS WITH US. HE WILL NEVER ABANDON US. AND THEREFORE, WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING, KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 17 minutes and 1 second
Country: United States
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
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Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on Jun 16, 2015

Listen and hear to rest in God's Word to share the love of Christ. This sermon is based on 2 Corinthians, Chapter 4, verses 5 through 12. www.ziontorrance.info

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