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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.

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  1. 1. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 New International Version (NIV) For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
  2. 2. 2 Corinthians 5:16-18 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:
  3. 3. 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  4. 4. 7+ years Planted: •ISU •Rose- Hulman •St. Mary’s
  5. 5. New Ministry Calling Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan University Heartland C.C.
  6. 6. Prayer Requests Forming 8 Member Staff Team Raising Prayer Partners Raising Budget: •$1,720 Monthly Support + $8,200 cash
  7. 7. Thank you!!! Thank you!!!Thank you!!!
  8. 8. Christ’s Ambassadors 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
  9. 9. V21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”
  10. 10. For our sake what? The Gospel “he made Him to be sin who knew no sin” Psalm 40
  11. 11. Jesus became 2 things for our sake: Jesus became man John 1:14 “and the Word became flesh…” Hebrews 2:17a “Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in every respect”
  12. 12. Jesus became 2 things for our sake: Jesus became man Jesus became mud/sin Galatians 3:13 “Christ redeemed us…by become a curse for us…” Romans 5:1
  13. 13. V17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”
  14. 14. We have a new ID… We have a Gospel ID
  15. 15. Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
  16. 16. V20 “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ”
  17. 17. Details of an Ambassador Authority An ambassador is empowered by the one that they represent
  18. 18. Romans 8:31 “if God be for us, then who can be against us?”
  19. 19. Matthew 16:18-19 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
  20. 20. Details of an Ambassador Authority Intelligence Not only given Jesus’ authority but also His mind
  21. 21. 1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ”
  22. 22. 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.
  23. 23. Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
  24. 24. Details of an Ambassador Authority Intelligence Motive 2 Corinthians 5:14 “for the love of Christ controls us”
  25. 25. 1 Timothy 2:4 “(God our Savior), who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
  26. 26. Details of an Ambassador Authority Intelligence Motive Mission Jesus’ Mission = Reconciliation
  27. 27. “God has reconciled Paul to himself and has given him the mission of reconciliation. Paul acts out of that which he has received. He accomplishes in the world only that which has been accomplished for the world by God in Christ.” Mark Seifrid. Pillar Commentary
  28. 28. As Jesus’ Ambassador We have Jesus’… Authority Intelligence Motive Mission
  29. 29. How to live as an ambassador Grow in your Gospel ID
  30. 30. God is Great…so I don’t have to be in control God is Glorious…so I don’t have to fear others God is Good…so I don’t have to look elsewhere for my satisfaction God is Gracious…so I don’t have to prove myself Tim Chester. You Can Change
  31. 31. How to live as an ambassador Grow in your Gospel ID Enable others to receive & grow in the Gospel
  32. 32. How to fight as an ambassador Prayer & Intercession Intentional Relationship Building Strategic Planting of the Gospel Ferocious Farming
  33. 33. How to live as an ambassador Grow in your Gospel ID Enable others to receive & grow in the Gospel Put your resources into action
  34. 34. Everyone: Prays Gives Goes If you are not descending into the darkness, then you are holding the ropes of those who are