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May 23, 2021

The Light of the Gospel

Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6

Speaker: Brian Land

Series: 2 Corinthians

Category: Grace Brevard

Keywords: truth, gospel, pride, humility, false-gospel

Jesus Christ is the glory of God in the flesh, and He shines life and hope into our very hearts, recreating us into his image. The world will come up with sly ways to knock us off course and even we in the church will try to make Jesus more palatable to the world by “declawing the Lion of Judah.” But the Gospel doesn’t need (or even allow) schemes to propel forward because it is The Truth in itself, manifest in Christ while being revealed and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

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Sermon Discussion Questions

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This week will be really simple yet really deep.

In this passage we see Paul getting frustrated with some sly preachers who are twisting God’s Word and “tricking” people into a twisted Gospel.

2 Cor 4:2
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word...

How do you see this these days?

This isn’t the time to throw people or churches or denominations under the bus, but how do you see the Gospel being twisted?

WHY would somebody twist the Gospel?

For instance:
Make it more popular
Make it more comfortable
Make me/us feel more superior
Just don’t understand it


How would you respond if asked:

What does it mean to be a Christian?

How can I become a Christian?


Talk about this old phrase (which is also the motto for our denomination, the EPC)

“In Essentials,
Unity. In non-essentials, Liberty.
In all things, charity.”


The heart of the matter lands on “what is essential” and “what is non-essential” --

How do you decide what is essential
and what is non-essential?

Generally speaking we all use these 4 sources -- talk about them:

Logic - What seems to be right
Emotion - What feels right
Tradition - What I’ve been taught is right
Scripture - What God says is right
(though this one seems to shift with interpretations)


What are some things that you think are absolutely essential for a person to be saved?
(not just things you believe are true and even find super important...but fundamentally essential to salvation).


What are non-essentials that we tend to get stuck on?