Greetings to you on this Monday, Oct 8 2018. Walking verse by verse through God’s Word is a blessing. In a google-centric world where we can always find a sermon, a good word, or an article to support our point of view, it is wonderful for God to speak His truth to us in His timing. The Scripture today made me look closely at who, at times, I put on the throne and what I expect as a result. Thankful for God’s grace! - Kim
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 4:8-13] 8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
+ 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)
_ Mark 10:44-46 says, “and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Why might this passage be significant as Paul continues his letter to the Corinthian church about true apostleship? What element of true apostleship might be missing in Corinth?
_ As Paul continues this section in verses 8-13, what tone of voice would you expect from his words?
_ What does verse 8 infer about the lifestyle chosen by or expected from Corinthian believers?
_ Paul makes many contrasts in this section between the believers in Corinth and apostles, servants of Christ. Look for one in verse 8 and three contrasts in verse 10.
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 does Paul describe his life and the life of those who are genuinely living as servants of Christ?
Make a list of the strong verbs he uses to describe his life.
How does he use contrast again in verse 12-13?
Look also for his use of simile in verse 13.
What surprises you about your answers from the last question?
Contemplate your place in these contrasts...at work, with a family member, in a relationship. Which side is most comfortable?
How hard is it to step out of an entitlement mindset into one of a servant?
Which side does God, through Paul, tell us is the side of obedience?
+ 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)