Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

2 Corinthians 5:16-20

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Message Notes

1. Perspective is Important.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.

Luke 10:25-37 Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Paul once viewed everyone, including Christ, in a worldly manner. He focused on beliefs and race, but now, he realizes that there is another way to look at people. He now sees everyone in the light of eternity. Reconciled to God or not.

2. Love Moves First.

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.

We are not ending the hostilities between us and God, God did that through Christ. He did not wait for us to earn the relationship or to prove our worth. He moved toward us first.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

God moved towards us first so we move towards people.

3.If God is making his appeal through you who gets to hear it?

And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

In order to be an ambassador, you have to carry the desire of the one sending you. His values are your values.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Discuss the difference between seeing people in a worldly view vs an eternal view.
  2. How would your thinking change if you only looked at people and opportunities with an eternal perspective?
  3. Are there any situation where you are waiting for someone else to do something to end hostilities?
  4. Why is it so hard for us to move toward someone first?
  5. Discuss the role and importance of an ambassador.
  6. If we are Christ’s ambassadors who gets to hear the message?