What a privilege it is to be under the new covenant in Christ Jesus our Lord. Under it, God’s Spirit indwells in those who believe, and they are made right through His Son’s death on the cross. As Matthew Henry’s Commentary states “This [the Old Testament Law] showed us a God above us and a God against us; but the gospel discovers grace, and Emmanuel, God with us”. By His mighty power, “God with us” can be taken quite literally. For if indeed the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we are ministers of this new covenant that proclaims Christ’s finished work.
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 3:5-11]
5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.
+ 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 the word covenant mean?
_ How are we made “sufficient” to be ministers of the new covenant? (vs. 6)
_ What is the connection between “Moses’ face” and the old covenant being a “ministry of death”? What does this say about God’s former posture towards us? (vs. 7)
_ Reread verse 10. How does this connect with verse 7? What does verse 10 say about God’s present posture towards us?
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)