Faith Church -- New Brighton, MN
Morning Worship - January 22, 2023
"Spreading the Aroma of Christ" - Pastor John Keizer
Locations & Times
  • Faith CRC New Brighton
    Sunday 9:30 AM

Call to Worship

Song: All the Poor and Powerless

God's Greeting

Sing: Forever

Song: Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Children's Message and Dismissal

Offering: Ralph Reeder Food Shelf

Morning Prayer

Prayer for Illumination

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:8

Message: "Spreading the Aroma of Christ" - Pastor John Keizer


Song: All the Poor and Powerless (Reprise)


2 Corinthians 2:12-3:8 (New International Version)

Ministers of the New Covenant

Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The Greater Glory of the New Covenant
Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?

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Today's offering is for Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.