Today is Wednesday, January 9th, 2019. Boasting in your efforts and accomplishments distorts the gospel and insults the work of the Holy Spirit. Paul states that he will boast/celebrate in the work the Lord has allowed him to participate in but he will not disobey the Lord by seeking to do more than God has called him to do. The gospel message that Paul points us to in this passage is that we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit and all good works are to be attributed to Him. We can boast in the person and work of the Spirit that has been graciously given to us. -Jon
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)
[2 Corinthians 10:13-18]
13 But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ. 15 We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, 16 so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence. 17 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
+ 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 are the negative results of “boasting beyond limits”? (v 13)
_ How do we know if we are overextending ourselves? (v 14)
_ Why doesn’t Paul want to boast in work that has already been done when taking the gospel to new areas?(v 16)
_ What do we learn about the Holy Spirit from these passages? (v 13-18)
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
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)