Today’s sermon was anchored on 2 Corinthians 4:6-10 (NIV).
A. Pressed (2 Cor. 4:8)
- There are 2 words used for “press” in the New Testament. The one used in this passage is “thilbo”, a Greek word meaning oppressed, under pressure, persecuted, suffering
- God will crucify our flesh through suffering so that Jesus can live in us (see also Philippians 3)
- Gethsemane means “place of pressing”
- The pressing we experience in the Christian life is a process
- No one can help you go through your process of pressing. Even those closest to you will fail you or abandon you. You must go through your process alone.
- Our process leads to the release of God’s power in our lives. This process is comparable to the process of making olive oil, which involves: picking (God picked us, we didn’t pick him); washing (Jesus washed away our sins); grinding (God allows us to suffer to kill the flesh); crushing (sometimes the trials and tribulations feel like they are too much to bear, but they are not. God is always with us and will never leave or forsake us); pressing (eventually something of great purity and high value is produced from deep within us). See traditional and contemporary methods.
- Going through God’s pressing increases our faith, so we should rejoice during times of trial as they can and will draw us closer to God
- The more we exercise our faith, the stronger it becomes
- The oil has been and will always be in the olive. Similarly, the anointing, power and ministry that God has in store for you is inside of you. For it to come out, you must be pressed.
Listen to the full sermon here.