Good morning! Today is January 16th, 2019. In today’s passage we will be discovering that a local body in Christ is not just communal accountability, but accountability that is divine, holy, and powerful. I pray this passage would lead us all to the need of the Gospel -Max
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?
_What was the best thing that happened to you this last week? What was the most difficult?
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)
[2 Corinthians 13:1-4]
This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 2 I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them— 3 since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. 4 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is Paul emphasizing by pointing out that this will be his third time coming to the local body in Corinth? (V.1)
_ What was Paul warning of when he was with the church of Corinth? (V.2) Use 2 Cor 12:19-21 as reference.
_ How does Paul plan on approaching charges of sin and wrongdoing? (V.1-2)
_ How will Paul prove to the church of Corinth that Christ is speaking through him? Who does Paul say is powerful in dealing with the local church? (V.2-3)
_ What does it mean that Christ was “crucified in weakness”? Use Isaiah 53:7-9 as reference.
_What does it mean that Christ “lives by the power of God”? (V.3) Use Ephesians 1:19-23 as reference.
_Who does Paul say will actually deal with the church of Corinth in correction? (V.4) Use Galatians 2:20, Philippians 2:12-13 as reference.
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?
_Through divine accountability, what is the Lord calling you to confess of, share with your community, and ask for help and correction in?
_ How does the Gospel of Christ liberate you from hiding and living in sin?
+ 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)