Happy Thursday, it’s November 29, 2018. In today’s passage Paul addresses why he didn’t come to visit them, continues to affirm his love for the people of Corinth and remind them that every promise of God is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Paul continually points us back to Jesus. In every decision, every interaction, every relationship we have today, may we continue to look to Jesus. - Joey
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 1:15-24]
15 Because I was confident of this, I wanted to visit you first so that you might benefit twice. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia and to come back to you from Macedonia, and then to have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both “Yes, yes” and “No, no”? 18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.”19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 23 I call God as my witness—and I stake my life on it—that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.
+ 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 did Paul say he wanted to do in v.16?
_ How does Paul describe plans being made in a worldly manner in v.17?
_ In v.18 + 19 what was the message that Paul, Silas and Timothy preached to the Corinthians?
_ In v.20 Paul makes a critical connection related to God’s promises- what is this connection?
_ In v.20 what do you think the “Amen” spoken through Christ is?
_ In v.21-24 What are some of the promises that have become Yes to us in Christ and how do we stand firm?
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 there any ways you are vacillating in a decision or relationship (you are saying “yes” and “no”)?
+ 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)