What Is The Difference Between Phony and Real Believers?


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2 Corinthians 12:11-21
I. A Real Christian Knows Only Jesus Is Important
 
Chp 12:11 ”I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me” ”Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance by signs and wonders and miracles.”
 
Galatians 6:3, ”For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”
 
Romans 1:1, ”Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.”
 
II. God Teaches His Children
 
Vs 19
 
By meeting our needs when we are helpless
By making us wait before He meets our needs
By stretching us beyond the realm of the familiar
By taking us through the consequences of wrong choices
By allowing us to fail By permitting pain and suffering
By sending us into the path of difficult people
 
III. There Is A Strong Passion To Help People Mature Out Of Selfish Behavior In The Church
 
Paul wrote ”All this time you’ve been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ” And why? ”and all this for your upbuilding, beloved.”


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