This is the day that the Lord has made, Monday, December 3rd, 2018, let us rejoice and be glad in it! As we continue to hear Paul’s heart for the people of Corinth, he clearly instructs on the importance and expectation of forgiveness and restoration as a rhythm in the believer’s life. God’s undeserved grace lavishly poured out on each of us helps us remember that we should graciously offer the same to those around us. - Kim
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 2:5-11]
5 Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. 6 For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, 7 so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. 9 For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. 10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main
_ Who does our “personal” sin affect? What does our sin cause to each of these people? (v 5)
_ Think of a time when you felt the burden of your sin and how it affected others. What phrase in verse 6 might describe how you felt as you interacted with those affected by your sin?
_ Paul tells us that we should rather…….in verse 7? What are the two paths of handling a sinner in our midst? Which path does Paul tell us in this case is best? (v 7) What could happen to the unforgiven, unrestored sinner? (v 7)
_ “So I beg you,” says Paul, to DO what? (v 8). What does this look like in practice? How do you reaffirm love for another? Think of at least three concrete actions - practice today!
_ In verse 9 why does Paul tell us he is writing the letter? What clues does he give us that offering forgiveness and restoration is difficult when another causes you pain?
What words stand out to you in verse 9?
_ In verse 10, Paul explains why he is able to forgive. He also shares a similar message to the church in Ephesus in Ephesians 4:32 when he says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Why is this process of forgiveness and restoration so important that Paul would tell each of his churches about it? (vs 11)
_ 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?
_ 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)