Today is Monday, December 17, 2018. Eugene Peterson's translation of 6:1 in The Message, says, “Please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us.” He ends with these words from verses 11-13. “I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life...Your lives aren't small, but you are living them in a small way.” These words convicted me as I wrote...perhaps they will convict you as well? - 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 6:1-13]
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. 2 For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
+ 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)
_ Who is this section of the book written to? (v 1 )
_ What is Paul’s urgent appeal? (v 1)
_ Summarize the quotation from Isaiah 49 used in verse 2.
_ Why might Paul have used it here?
_ How does Paul describe the ministry he has had in Corinth? (v 3-10)
_Where does the power come from to accomplish this ministry. (v 6-7)
_ What surprises you in this extensive list?
_In verses 8-10 notice the contrasts in each phrase. Why are these contrasts so significant in the life of a believer?
_ What specific blessings/hardships are listed in verses 4-10. Make a list with thse headings if you have time.
_ What does Paul urge the Corinthians to mimic as they follow his example? (v 11-13)
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage? What hardships do you see as Paul obeys his call to share this good news with others? What joys?
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)