Today is Tuesday December 4th. In our reading today Paul is encouraged by the fact that in Christ there is victory. Paul’s words are based on a Roman victory parade which was awarded to a conquering general in which enemy prisoners were forced to march. Through Christ, God is now the victor and we are lead in triumphal procession. In these victory parades incense was often burned. Paul compared this to the knowledge of Christ which is like a fragrance that is spread. As we travel and proclaim the gospel we spread the aroma of Christ. In the gospel we find life and resurrection in Christ. To those who believe, this aroma is life, and to those who reject it, the aroma is death.
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 2:12-17]
12 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, 13 my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
+ 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 leads us in triumphal procession and what is done through us? Vs. 14
_ Who are we the aroma of Christ to? Vs. 15
_ What is the fragrance to one and to the other? Vs. 16
_ Who is sufficient for these things?
_ What does Paul say we are not in Vs 17?
_ In contract was does Paul say we are in Vs. 17?
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 spreading the fragrance of Christ everywhere you go?
_ Paul begins with the fact that we are lead in Christ. In Vs. 16 Paul asks “Who is sufficient?” We must remember that we only have this life because of what Christ has done. We are not sufficient through any of our own doing, but through Christ who is sufficient. Are you humble in this? Are you lead by Christ?
_ Paul makes an important distinction in Vs. 17 saying we are not peddlers of God’s word, but men of sincerity. Take caution not to become a peddler of Christ under the guise of spreading the fragrance of Christ. Instead be sure to always approach what you do with sincerity.
+ 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)