A belated Happy Monday to you. Today is October 15 2018. If you found out that you had a long lost relative who left you a fortune how would you react? Would you go about life as usual or would you celebrate? Paul continues in his letter to the Corinthians addressing them that what they believe is not being reflected in their lives. What hope do we bring to those outside the Church if we are no different? If we, just like the Corinthians, know what our future holds in the Kingdom of God then our present lives should be affected by that knowledge. The grace of God is abounding but this grace does not justify all actions. Paul cautions the church to not be deceived. We have been redeemed by Christ. Out of that redemption come a new life, a changed life. When God’s spirit gives us new life it is impossible to remain unchanged. - Austin
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when 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 6:9-11]
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
+ 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 will the unrighteous not inherit in Vs 9?
_ What does Paul want the Corinthians not to be in Vs 9?
_ What does Paul list in Vs 9-10?
_ What were the Corinthians before in Vs 11?
_ What are the Corinthians now in Vs 11?
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?
+ 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)