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Let There Be Light

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Let There Be Light!

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (NIV)

1Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For 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 the glory of God in the face of Christ.

                    I.            Introduction:

                  II.            Demand The Faithfulness of Ministers: Integrity

a.       Ministers That Are Not Easily Discouraged

                                                                           i.      The Mercy Extended: God’s Hand

                                                                         ii.      The Ministry Encouraged: Man’s Heart

b.      Ministers That Are Not Manipulative

                                                                           i.      They Have No Hidden Agenda

                                                                         ii.      They Do not Use Deception

                                                                        iii.      They Do Not Distort God’s Word

c.       Ministers That Are Committed To Truth

                                                                           i.      Plainly Told

                                                                         ii.      Honestly Exposed

                III.            Detect The Strategy of Satan: Interference

a.       The Veil He Uses

b.      The Villain He Is

c.       The Vision He Hides

                IV.            Discover The Light of Christ: Illumination

a.       Through Men Who Preach The Word

                                                                           i.      Preaching That Isn’t Self Seeking

                                                                         ii.      Preaching That Presents Jesus As Lord

                                                                        iii.      Preaching From Experience

                                                                       iv.      Preaching For The Benefit Of Others

b.      Through God Who Shines The Light

                                                                           i.      Shining Out Of Darkness

                                                                         ii.      Shining In Our Hearts

                                                                        iii.      Shining Forth His Glory

                  V.            Conclusion:

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