Today is Tuesday, November 27th, 2018. Paul continues to speak of why God allows trials to afflict His people and how He does not leave us without hope. Paul also openly shares his struggles to encourage --Monica
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 1:8-11]
8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main
_ From our previous study of Acts last fall we know that when Paul speaks of affliction he speaks of suffering with firsthand experience, having faced beating, imprisonment, and slander, among other things.
_ In v. 8-9 what does Paul want the Corinthian church to know of his suffering?
_ In v. 9 what does Paul say he gains in his affliction?
_ In v.10 Paul’s language indicates that God’s deliverance is something we can expect and hope in again and again. We know that Paul continued to suffer, so what do you think that Paul means by deliver?
_ In v. 11 why does Paul exhort them to pray?
_ 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?
_Am I trying to face my trials in my own strength? Do I need to rely on God?
_How does Paul model how I should interact with difficult circumstance? Am I being honest with others about how difficult the trials are in my life? Am I hoping and believing in God’s power? Am I asking others to pray for me, believing that these prayers will encourage others to see God’s faithfulness?
+ 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)