2 Corinthians 5.11-6.10

  1. Commit to the Mission
  2. Join the Church
  3. Know Your Enemy

An Apostolic Faith Should Generate An Apostolic Mentality

  1. Clement of Rome (Knew Peter and Paul)
  2. Ignatius of Antioch (Knew John)
  3. Polycarp of Smyrna (Knew John)

(Polycarp may be the “angel” of Smyrna in Revelation 2) 

  • When IN Afflictions, Hardships, Calamities, Imprisonments, Riots, Labors, Sleepless Nights, Hunger (6.4-5)
  • Cope BY Purity, Knowledge, Patience, Kindness, The Holy Spirit, Genuine Love, Truthful Speech, The Power of God (6-7a)
  • Respond WITH Weapons of Righteousness Right & Left (Meek & Gentle) (7b)
  • THROUGH Honor, Dishonor, Slander, Praise (8a)
  • SOMETIMES, in the grammar of life, it is all about the pre-position

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

John 14.15-17, John 15.26-27, John 16.5-14

  1. Value the Holy Spirit (John 16.7-11; Rom. 8.1-11)
  2. Download the Inner Life of God (John 15.26-27; 2 Cor. 3.4-6; Gal. 5.22-23)
  3. Think About What the Spirit Has Done for You
    1. Regeneration (Titus 3.1-7)
    2. Indwelling (John 14.14-17)
    3. Baptism (1 Cor. 12.12-14)
    4. Sealing (Eph. 1.13-14)

The Person and Work of Christ

John 1.1-18

  1. Contemplate the Inspired Text (John 1.1-18)
  2. Develop a Biblical Theory of Jesus
  3. Apply It to Your Life
    1. Get Over Ourselves (Col. 3.9-17)
    2. Commit to Making Jesus Our Example (Phil 2.5-8; Rom. 12.1-18)

When we are more like Jesus we...

  1. Empty ourselves (Phil. 2.5-8)
  2. Gain a more merciful disposition in response to God’s mercy (12.1)
  3. Dedicate ourselves more fully to God (Rom. 12.1)
  4. Discern where we need to be different from the world (Rom. 12.2)
  5. Get outside our own perspective (Rom. 12.3) THIS REQUIRES FAITH!!!
  6. Reach our potential both as individuals and as a church (Rom. 12.4-8)

The Waiting Journey

Romans 12.9-21



  1. Pray (Romans 12.9-21)
  2. Rejoice
  3. Weep
  4. Serve (1 Thessalonians 1.9-10)
  5. Wait

While We Wait...

  • Accept being a stranger and a pilgrim
  • Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul (1 Peter 2:11)
  • Release bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking (Eph. 4.31-32)
  • Practice kindness one to another
  • Forgive with a tender heart
  • Do good unto all people, especially unto them who are of the household of faith (Gal. 6:10)
  • Remember them who have the rule over us, who speak unto us the Word of God (Heb. 13:7)
  • Support our Church with our prayers and our presence at its services
  • Give as God has prospered us (1 Cor. 16:2)
  • To support the ministry
  • To meet the expenses of the Church
  • To relieve the poor, and
  • To spread of the Gospel (2 Cor. 9:7)