Today is Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018. We expand on the last idea from yesterday, where Paul said that we are “God’s building” and look at how we can partner in His work.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well asswhen you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[1 Corinthians 3:10-15]
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilledmaster builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these chapters?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What enabled Paul to lay a foundation? (v. 10)
_ Why does he use the metaphor of being a master builder and laying foundations? What does it mean?
_ What is the foundation that is laid? How can a foundation be a person? Why does Paul say we cannot lay another foundation? (v. 11)
_ What will reveal what type of work we have laid on the foundation? (v. 12-13)
_What is given to the one whose work remains? (v. 14)
_ What comfort is there for the person whose work is burned? (v. 15)
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_How do we build with gold and silver and precious stones upon the foundation of Christ? What might that look like?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)