Today is Friday, December 14th, 2018. In today’s passage Paul reminds us that Christ is reconciling the world to himself. When we are in Christ we are a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come and we should view one another as such. Now we get to partake in this ministry of reconciliation that Christ has brought. We are ambassadors who speak on Christ’s behalf. Just as Christ does not count the past against us so too should we not hold anything against our brother or sister, but implore them to be reconciled to God. Paul as an ambassador implores us to be reconciled.
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 5:16-20 ]
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What do we not regard according to any longer in Vs. 16?
_ What does it mean to be a new creation in Vs. 17?
_ What has God given us in Vs. 18 and how?
_ What has been entrusted to us in Vs. 19?
_ What are we and what must we do in Vs. 20?
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 an ambassador appealing and imploring others to be reconciled?
_ Is there a brother or sister with whom you need to seek reconciliation?
+ 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)