"Nevertheless God"

by Pastor Bryan McDonald
Prairie View Baptist Church
August 6, 2023 Sunday AM Service

Passage:  2 Corinthians 7:5-7

For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.
6  Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
7  And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more. 

Overview:  This sermon delves into the profound truth that God not only sees every facet of our lives but offers comfort, especially to those feeling defeated or 'cast down'. Through the account of Paul and his relationship with the Corinthians, believers are reminded of three primary aspects of God's interaction with humanity:

1. God Saves: Just as God extends comfort and salvation to those feeling desolate or lost, Christians are called to recognize the ever-present hope and love of Christ. The anecdote of Cleveland underscores the misconception that one must rectify their wrongs before seeking salvation. In reality, Christ's sacrifice was made while humanity was still steeped in sin.

2. God Sends: Reflecting on Titus' visit to Paul, the message underscores that God uses believers as instruments to provide comfort and encouragement to others. Christians have dual responsibilities: to evangelize the lost and edify their fellow believers. The church serves as a vital instrument for both these tasks.

3. God Sees: With a focus on God's omnipresence and omniscience, believers are reminded that God observes both the good and bad, offering both conviction and encouragement. His ever-watchful eyes are not just markers of judgment but a testament to His intimate relationship with each individual.

In essence, this sermon emphasizes the profound care, attention, and proactive involvement God has in the lives of believers, inspiring them to mirror His love and attention in their interactions with others.

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