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The Blessing of Ministry under the New Covenant (Part 1) (2 Corinthians 3:1-6)

Tony FelichTony Felich, August 17, 2014
Part of the Exposition of II Corinthians series, preached at a Morning Worship service

In God’s unfolding plan of redemption, we are blessed to minister in a time of the Holy Spirit’s widespread work.

What is meant by “ministry under the New Covenant”?

I. Ministry under the New Covenant is marked by transformed lives.
II. Ministry under the New Covenant is centered on Christ.
III. Ministry under the New Covenant is empowered by the Holy Spirit.

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2 Corinthians 3:1-6

3:1 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (ESV)

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