Talk Outline

Talk Outline

June 23 | Luke Dahlenburg

Authentic Love

Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:14-13:14

Where have we come from?

  • Ch 1-5
  • Ch 6-7
  • Ch 8-9
  • Ch 10-12

Big idea: Authentic love motivates Paul to spend himself for their progress in the faith.

Authentic love in the church looks like:

1) Spending ourselves for each other’s spiritual growth, 2 Corinthians 12:14-18

  • Parent / Child relationship.
  • Love pours itself out for the strengthening of others.
  • Not what is yours, but you!

2) Seeking God’s best for each other, 2 Corinthians 12:19-21

  • Love others to make them strong.

“The whole of our ministry must be carried on in tender love to our people. We must let them see that nothing pleases us but what profits them; and that what does them good does us good; and that nothing troubles us more than their hurt.”

Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor.

3) Building each other up in the Lord, 2 Corinthians 13:1-14

  • Working from the weakness of Christ crucified.
    • 6 Commands.
    • 3 Clauses.
  • Love celebrates other people progressing in the faith.

But did they listen?!

See Acts 20:2-3. reference to Greece and Macedonian where Corinth was located.

Jesus’ love for you makes this possible

  • Psalm 133:1
  • Jesus seeks all of you, for all of him.

This week

Heart: “Lord Jesus, enable me to grow in faith, hope, love and to linger long over the height, depth, breadth and length of your love for me. Help me to encourage others in this faith, for their joy and eternal good. Amen.”

Head: Paul asks the Corinthians to examine their lives. Are you confident that Jesus Christ is in you? Does your behaviour show you love and value Jesus?

Hands: Paul longs to celebrate their progress in the faith. How might you encourage and celebrate what Jesus has been doing in someone’s life this week?

End of series: Take a moment to jot down something God has taught you from our time in 2 Corinthians.