This passage will represent what it means to be in Christ at the core. Take all the questions that revolve around trusting your life to Christ, and let them be answered simply in this passage! What does it mean to be a follower of Christ; what are the implications for your life? My prayer for us in this passage is to be taught, reproofed, corrected, and trained in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
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 [ 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
+ How does one become a new creation? V.17 [Use as reference: John 3:1-8, Titus 3:4-7, Colossians 3:9-11, Romans 6:3-4]
+ What does it mean for Christ to reconcile us to himself? V.18 [Use as reference: John 3:16-17, Galatians 2:20, Jeremiah 31:31-34]
+ What is the message of reconciliation that he has entrusted to us? V.18-19 [Use as reference: Luke 5:27-32, Acts 2:36-39, Ephesians 2:1-10]
+ What does it mean to be an ambassador of Christ? Who is making the appeal? V.20 [Use as reference: 2 Corinthians 5:20b, Romans 10:14-17, Matthew 28:16-20, Isaiah 55:10-11]
+ How does Verse 21 declare the Gospel? [Use as reference: Romans 3:21-26]
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? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ How does this passage of God making you a new creation through Christ’s righteousness, convict you to confess sin in your life?
+ From that confession of sin, what is an act of obedience to the Lord you can take to be a “Living sacrifice, pleasing to the Lord”? (Romans 12:1-2)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)