Preacher's Pulpit                      Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT:  (2 Cor 4:1 KJV)  "Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;"

SUBJ: Faint Not

INTRODUCTION:

According to several periodicals and personal experience there is growing number of preachers quitting the ministry.

Yet, in this 1 verse Paul tells Preachers to "........faint not...."

Let's look at these words.

These words mean:

     not to give up

     not lose heart

     not to be spiritless

     not to be fainthearted

     not to be despondent

     not to be discouraged

Therefore, leading us to realize that the ministry demands constancy and demands that one never faint.

This means that the preacher should not quit because of  persecution, weariness or exhaustion.

There two thoughts that Paul shares with us in this verse about  "...we faint not..."

Notice them with me today:

I. BECAUSE OF THE GREATNESS OF THE MINISTRY

 (2 Cor 4:1a)  "Therefore seeing we have this ministry"

 A. "This ministry" refers to the great TASK God has entrust to the called PREACHER!

 B. The task of PREACHING a message that can SAVED a person's soul!

 C. A message about the good news of Jesus Christ and the remission of SIN.

 D. A message that can convert a sinner into a saint.

  (John 1:12)  "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"

 E. No GREATER TASK could be given a man than to PREACH the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

 F. To see LIVES transformed by the power of God right before your EYES!

 G. To see those without hope to have all the hope through Jesus Christ as Savior that they need.

  (Phil 4:13)  "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

 H. He knew what the cure for mankind was and God had given him that opportunity to share it.

 I. Paul was not about to quit no matter the demands or circumstances.

II. BECAUSE OF THE MERCY HE HIMSELF HAD RECEIVED

 (2 Cor 4:1b)  ". . . as we have received mercy, we faint not;"

 A. One danger to the Preacher is that he forget that he too has experienced this MERCY!

 B. God's mercy through Jesus had forgiven him his sin and saved his soul!

 C. He had at one time been without hope, but now because of the mercy of God he had all the hope he would ever need.

  (Rom 7:24-25 KJV)  "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? {25} I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."

 D. Not only had he experienced God's mercy in forgiveness, but he has received the call to preach MERCY!

  (Eph 3:8)  "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;"

 E. May that same thought burn within our hearts and minds as we constantly remind ourselves that we have received mercy, how dare we deny others that same mercy!

CONCLUSION:

The SERVANT of God must never FAINT, regardless of the circumstances.

Neither WEARINESS, nor OPPOSITION are to drive the Preacher to quit!

He must not shrink from the ministry for any reason.

His TASK is to GREAT and God's mercy has done so much for  Him.

 (1 Cor 15:58 KJV)  "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

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