Refusing to Stop God’s Work


by Lauren Craft


The stench stung my nostrils. A second later, I saw the source. White smoke was seeping from the hood of my car. I would need to pull over, call for help, and miss dinner with my fellow missionaries.


We’d been training all day to evangelize at the huge multicultural festival happening the following day in a neighboring town. Finally, our training was done and a church was hosting us for dinner. I could always grab food somewhere else, but I would miss out on the encouragement and fellowship.


As I parked and turned the engine off, I took a deep breath. The last time my car had trouble was the weekend of a different multicultural festival a year ago. The enemy’s involvement was unmistakable. He didn’t like what we were doing. That made it even more important that we show up with smiles on our faces.

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Have you ever thought of yourself as an ambassador of God’s kingdom, or as an emissary of Christ’s love? In the book of 2 Corinthians, Paul encourages the church to live as ambassadors of Christ, and Chapter 5 has some excellent reasons why we should.

2 Corinthians Ch. 5  Live no longer for yourself, but for Him who died for you.

v.1-4  Physical death is not the end of life—one day our earthly bodies will be exchanged for heavenly ones.

v.5-8  Once we are absent from the body, we will be present with the Lord.

v.9-10  So aim to please Christ while you are here, because we will all receive from Him according to what we have done in the body, good or bad.

v.11-13  Minister sincerely, having a great concern for souls. ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

2 Corinthians:  Live as an ambassador of Christ—Invest in the welfare of the church, and participate in its work.

Also: Contribute to one another’s joy, victory, and contentment, as well as your own.
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Ch. 2  Let forgiveness follow punishment and joy follow sorrow, so God’s work may continue.
v.1-4  Let love be shown when wrongs are being set right within the church.
v.5-8  Forgive and comfort those who have caused grief, and reaffirm your love for them. ...

 

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