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Self-Purification (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

Let us continue our study of several verses in chapter seven:

Self-Purification (2 Corinthians 7:1)

I. The Motivation for Self-Purification

“since we have these promises . . .” — What promises? Logically, the promises of the presence of God from the previous chapter: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people” (6:16). Note also 6:18- “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

II. The Invitation for Self-Purification

“let us purify ourselves, dear friends”

III. The Explanation of Self-Purification

A. Negatively: “from everything that contaminates body and spirit”

B. Positively: “perfecting holiness out of reverence for God”

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2020 in 2 Corinthians 7

 

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What’s So Amazing about Grace? — A Free Sermon Outline! (Part 4)

There’s this little booklet that will change your life.  It is called Ten Specific Steps You Can Take to Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better, and, yes, I wrote it. The point is if you preach or know someone who does or really want to straighten out Joel Osteen, you’ll want to get this booklet! It is guaranteed to alleviate the preaching blahs, and it just might get Joel to start preaching the WORD!

Some of my favorite sermon outlines will be here in these posts.  I wrote this one on God’s amazing grace — and we’ve seen three truths about that incredible topic —

What’s So Amazing about Grace?
(a study of Titus 2:11-15).

We’ve seen that —

I. God’s Grace Is a Salvation-Bringing Grace (v. 11)

and that —

II. God’s Grace is a Teaching Grace (v. 12)

and also that —

III. God’s Grace Is a Waiting Grace (v. 13)!

The truth we see this morning about the grace of God is that —

IV.  God’s Grace Is a Purifying Grace (v. 14)!

Years ago there was a magazine ad that said: “In a world where politicians lie, celebrities strike policemen, and governments collapse, isn’t it good to know that there’s one thing that is pure — Mazola.  100% pure corn oil.”

God wants us pure!  And His grace begins that purifying process in us.  Notice the two results of His giving Himself for us:  (1) to redeem us from all wickedness and (2) to purify for himself a people that are his very own (v. 14).  He redeems us from all wickedness, not by evacuating us immediately to heaven, but by His Holy Spirit indwelling us and giving us the power to live God-honoring lives.  He purifies us by that same Spirit, using His primary tool, the Word of God, to mold us and shape us into the image of God’s dear Son.

But purification is not a painless process.  We need to submit to the filtering ministry of God’s Spirit who will show us what needs to be eliminated and what needs to be added to our lives.  And that takes God’s grace!

How’s the purification process going with you?  Feel free to share (in the comments section below) an area or issue the Spirit of God is working on — in you.  (to be continued)

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2018 in God's grace

 

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