I also had the privilege of preaching at my own church this past Sunday since our pastor was on vacation (a well deserved one!). The text that I chose for that one was 2 Corinthians 4:13. My family and I are currently reading through that book in our devotions. As I read a couple of weeks ago, the words “We also believe and therefore speak.” stood out to me and when I was asked to fill in I went back to them for my sermon text.
Interestingly enough, they significantly overlap with the text from John 9 that I preached the day before at the Senior Center. Again we have a man, the Apostle Paul, whose life had been dramatically affected by Jesus. He forsook all to bring the message of the Gospel to the entire known world of his day. Where that sermon from John 9 was focused more on standing up for Jesus, this one goes a little further and challenges us to a faith that gives us a “therefore,” that is a faith that makes things happen in our lives. It also, from Paul’s example, pushes us to keep going in the face of opposition whether it is from the world or even from those to whom we are trying to minister.
The biggest difference in these sermons is that one is preached in an environment where I am not as sure about the reality of the faith of my audience (the senior center) and one where I know that the majority sit under good teaching on a weekly basis (my church)
Again, I hope that you are encouraged and even provoked to a more zealous witness for Christ!