“Renewed Day by Day” 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 Sunday August 7, 2016
2 Corinthians 4:13-18
13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke” —we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
“Renewed Day by Day”
@Copyrighted by Rev. Richard Walker Sermon: “Renewed Day by Day” 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 Sunday August 7, 2016
Richard’s notes; Themes for message:
- Paul’s inner nature was renewed: day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).
- Throughout his ministry, Paul patterned his life after Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
- What is it about living life Christ’s way that brings regular renewal? Can we have these benefits in our lives.
- Jesus renewed himself regularly by reconnecting with God in prayer, and through the comfort of believing friends. (Lk 5:16, John 12:1-2) Scientists who study societies with the greatest longevity find similar patterns.
- Jesus lived each day with purpose, (Lk 4:43) which Psychologists tell us is a source of energy and focus and sociologists and demographers find is a common element in happy, long livers.
- Jesus, ( Matthew 4:18) and his followers ( Mark 10:32) physically renewed themselves by getting regular exercise. Medical scientists find this initiates an inner renewal process that rebuilds the body’s cells and keeps us physically vital. That process requires the right blend of nutrients. They ate the Mediterranean diet that includes fish, whole grains, red wine, Olive oil, veggies, fruits etc which dietitians and medical scientists have found to be supportive of longevity.
- Exercising spiritual gifts (through Christian service) similar to exercising physical and mental gifts renews those gifts and makes them stronger.
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