Today is Wednesday, December 12th, 2018. Good morning! Today’s passage teaches the believer to not worry for the loss of things or the destruction of worldly possessions; for the believers encouragement is not one to be found in 3000 square-foot cover, but found in the permanent residence and citizenship of heaven, before the Lord. A place where a relationship with the Lord in its fullest is the standard. -Max
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 5:1-10]
1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
+ 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 followers of Jesus have if their place of refuge is taken away here on earth? (v 1)
_What does Paul say the believer groans to put on? What does the believer hope is swallowed up?(v 2-4) Please use Ephesians 4:22-24 as reference
_What might Paul mean by saying ‘away from the Lord’? A state of spiritual separation or physical separation? (v 6) Please use Hebrews 11:1 and John 16:7 as reference
_ What does Paul state as the great encouragement if we are to lose what we tend to hold most dear in this world, our bodies? (v 8) Use Philippians 1:21 as reference
_How does having a hope for the home of heaven, help to achieve the command Paul gives in v.9, and its consequence found in v.10?
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)