Happy Monday, November 26th. Today we start 2 Corinthians. Paul continues his correspondence with the Corinthian church. When we follow Christ this does not mean that troubles will not come our way. However when hard times do come our way we can hold steadfast to our Lord. In the midst of afflictions we receive comfort from the “Father of mercies”. We receive this comfort so that we can comfort others who are suffering. When we can comfort others who have suffered similarly we can point them to the Lord. We share in our suffering together with our brothers and sisters in the Church, but we also share comfort in Christ and His gospel. Know today that even though we share in Christ’s sufferings together, God comforts us in the midst of all our afflictions. Whether comforted or afflicted you are not alone.
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 1:1-7]
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. 7 Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main
_ What are some descriptors Paul uses for God in Vs. 3?
_ What does God do in Vs. 4? What should we do?
_ What do we share in Christ in Vs. 5? Can you think of some examples of each?
_ What are they afflicted for in Vs. 6? What are they comforted for?
_ What do they share in Vs. 7?
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?
_ Are you comforted or afflicted this morning? Does the suffering of Christ bring you any comfort in knowing you are not alone?
_ Can you comfort a brother or sister who is afflicted or suffering with your own story and the story of Christ?
+ 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)