Lectionary Year B
March 5, 2000
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Step VI: Contemporary Address
Sermon Outline: Title: "Jew. Light Up My Life"
A. Begin with story about darkness and its frightening effect.
1. Story telling about darkness.
B. Move to idea that Paul wants to remind his detractors that Jesus is the one true light that will illumine the truth.
2. Recall how scary it was to be in the dark ... unable to see and avoid the danger.
3. Recall the use of the flashlight to avoid the scary things of the dark.
1. In the beginning of this chapter Paul is supporting his gospel by addressing questions raised by those who seem to be opposing him.
C. The point being made by Paul is similar to the line of thought advanced in I Peter 2: 7-9 and in the First Chapter of John's Gospel.
2. Paul conditionally accepts this challenge saying that if the gospels is veiled it is veiled only to those who are in the process of destruction.
3. He uses strong language to say that his detractors are unbelievers who really do not want to know the truth.
4. He wants to know that instead of being blinded they can allow Christ to give them light to show the way to truth.
1. The author of I Peter, like Paul, makes the distinction between those who believe and those who are disobedient.
2. "They (the disobedient ones) stumble, being disobedient to the word..."
D. We are called to bring God's truth out of darkness into his marvelous light.
3. Then, finally, he contrasts the disobedient ones with those who are obedient and heed God's call.
4. John says (v.5), "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it".
1. Why are we called?
a) We are called for God's glory.
2. What happens when we are called?
b) Quote from The Westminster confession.
c) We are called for our salvation to be rescued from darkness and brought into the marvel of his light.
a) We go through an extraordinary process of moral transformation.
b) We are called to declaration.
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