A Key to Happy Homes and Successful Congregations

Happy homes are not filled with bitterness. They are not characterized by strained relationships, jealousy, or self-centeredness.


Successful congregations are not at war within themselves. They war against ungodly hatred, prejudice, and pride.

The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians contains a key: happy homes and successful congregations are made up of dead people.

God has been clear in his invitation and expectation.

  1. No longer live for yourself, but for him who died for your sake. (2 Cor 5:14-15)
  2. How? Give yourself first to the Lord, and then to others. (2 Cor 8:5)
  3. In what way? Take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Cor 10:5)
  4. To what effect? Rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Cor 13:11)

Happy homes and successful congregations are made up of dead people—men and women who don’t just say, but live with conviction:

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

This sermon was delivered on August 18, 2013.

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