Good morning, today is Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Today’s passage will focus primarily on the simplicity and genuine character of a believer, and how those two characteristics help to encourage, proclaim, and explain the grace of God through the good news of the Gospel. The expansion and proclamation of the Gospel will be carried through genuine and simplistic character and speech, all to the glory and work of Jesus Christ.
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 1:12-14]
12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 13 For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand— 14 just as you did partially understand us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.
+ 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 does Paul say the believer’s boasting is in? v.12
_ How is the believer to behave in the world? How might these two characteristics glorify and exemplify the Lord?
_ What does Paul mean when he states that our behavior is to not be of “earthly wisdom”? v12. Use 1 Corinthians 3:19 as reference.
_ What does Paul say is the catalyst for a believer's behavior of “godly sincerity”? v12.
_ How does Paul’s claim in v13 support his initial encouragement for a behavior of simplicity?
_ What/who does Paul say believers will boast of, in the “day of our Lord Jesus”?
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)