Power in Weakness Series – Part 2

Trusting God’s Plan

Preached by Chris Adams, February 17, 2008

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Communion Shared by Wayne Ouellette, February 17, 2008

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Dr. Marty Wooten’s book Power in Weakness looks at how Paul re-builds the spiritual, emotional and relational bonds of friendship with the young Corinthian church. One of the surprising aspects of this relationship is how distant, critical, and downright suspicious some people had become of Paul’s motives. So what does Paul do? He opens up his heart and life to the Corinthians, sharing with them his deepest sorrows, troubles and weaknesses. For most of the first five chapters, Paul inspires the church God used him to begin, by reminding them of who their Deliverer really was. When you realize how powerful God has worked in the past to forgive your sins and bring you into His loving family–then it’s much easier to learn to trust him in the present and prepare your heart for anything in the future.

Truly, we can trust in His continual deliverance!

2 Corinthians 1:9-11 (New International Version)

Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our[a] behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

“Trusting God’s Plan” preached by Chris Adams
Sunday, February 17, 2008

James 4:13-17
• Sometimes you just have to surrender.
• Plans change all of the time.
• So quickly you can lose focus.
• God wants you to submit to His Will.
• Your sin hurts people.
Question: Are you submitted to God’s Will?
Question: Is there an understanding that God could change things in a moment?

2 Corinthians 1:8-11
Question: Have you ever felt laid out and accused by Satan and/or the world?
• The Corinthians started copping an attitude toward Paul.

1 Corinthians 16:5
• Paul planned on visiting the Corinthians but it didn’t happen.
• Forgiveness is love’s hard work.

1. Paul trusted that God’s plan would mean continual deliverance.
• Cassandra Burns, the daughter of Kevin and Teri Burns, trusts her parents.
• Faith in God’s continual deliverance is having the heart of a child.
• Faith in God’s continual deliverance allows you to approach things differently.
• Faith in God’s continual deliverance changes your perspective.
• Your spiritual life should be full of joy.
Question: What was Paul’s sentence of death?
• Not all disunity is bad. (Acts 15:36-41)

1 Corinthians 16:8
• Opposition is a reality because people do not want to come into the light.
• Sometimes you let opposition rattle you.

2 Corinthians 1:23-24

2 Corinthians 2:1-4
• The heart of Paul was that Paul was giving the Corinthians time to repent.
• Paul did not have the negative mindset that the church in Corinth was not doing well and therefore he looked down on them. He saw their weaknesses but also God’s power and plan/desire to strengthen them!

2 Corinthians 2:12-13
• Troas: part of Asia Minor.
• Yes, Paul left an open field to find Titus, which points to the value Paul placed on relationships.
Question: What was Paul trying to figure out from Titus?
Question: Why was Paul looking for Titus?

2 Corinthians 7:5-7
• Paul was not running away from trouble.
Question: Why was he looking for Titus?
• Because Paul wanted to know how the church in Corinth was doing.
• When you get faithless, you start to doubt God’s plan and you doubt the hearts of God’s people!
Question: Am I really working on my past?
• If you are not working on your past, dealing with conflict and getting comfort from God, then it will affect you.
• Godly sorrow. (2 Corinthians 7:8-11)
Question: Does that describe your repentance?
Question: Does that describe your life?
• God delivering you from your sin is something to be joyful about.
• Responsibility is the ability to respond.
Question: What is the truth?
Question: Why would you wait any longer if someone shares with you that you have unresolved conflict? (even if you don’t see it all yet)
Question: Is this church sold-out?
Question: How does God look at the Central New York Church of Christ?
• You are trying to build a church that people can be a part of.
• God established a visible church so that you can be connected to Him.
• Regardless of what visible church you are connected to, it is up to you to be a part of God’s Universal Church.

2. Paul trusted in the Deliverer Himself.
2 Corinthians 5:13-15
• By flinching, you miss the joy of change of God delivering you.
Question: How do you avoid flinching?
• You get compelled.
• You get pushed forward.
• You have a conviction about the cross: Jesus died for all.
• If you were the only person in the world, then Jesus would have died for you.
• The most powerful weapon at your disposal is the cross.

1 Kings 19:1-17
• God did not need Elijah to be Moses.
• Elijah was taught to trust God.
• Elijah flinched but God worked with him, to show him how much he cared for him and believed in him.