This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “Vineyard Verses”.
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As we continue on in our series I want to talk to you about our mission (One More) and our goal (All In). This next passage in our series will reflect our mission of One More. As followers of Christ we are a people with mission and purpose. So the next passage in our series is 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Let’s start today by looking at the first verse in the passage.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV)
15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Jesus Christ is sent into the world as the Son of God and he dies to bear the penalty for our sin and he rises for our …
Justification is the legal act where God declares the sinner to be innocent of his or her sins. It is not that the sinner is now sinless but that he is “declared” sinless. This justification is based on the shed blood of Jesus.
Romans 5:9 (NIV)
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
This is how the old has gone.
And this is what’s happening with the new
And he pours out his Holy Spirit into our lives and begins a re-creation process.
“I’m a new creature in Christ.”
Colossians 3:10 (NIV)
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
We are who we are with a design to declare His praises or you could translate that phrase as proclaim his excellencies.
That’s our purpose. That’s our mission. We exist to display the excellencies of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
That’s who you are. That’s who you are created and recreated to be. Your purpose and mission is to live to display Him as glorious.
Understanding this will help to shape you as a person of mission and purpose. To be an ambassador for Him.