Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Messengers on Behalf of God (2 Corinthians 5-6)

What is the best message you've ever had an opportunity to deliver? What made it so great? How was it received?

What message do you think God wants you to deliver to those around you?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:20-21. What do you think is the "appeal" God is making through us? To whom is He making this appeal?

What does it mean to be "reconciled to God?" How have you been reconciled to God?

What are some simple things we can do to help others be reconciled to God?

Read 2 Corinthians 6:1-2. Talk about a time God has helped you. From what has God saved you?

In verse 4, Paul says, "we commend ourselves in every way." Another way to say this might be to say, "we seek opportunities to introduce ourselves in ever circumstance of life."

Read 2 Corinthians 6:4-5. Have you ever experienced these kinds of life circumstances? How could these kinds of things provide you an opportunity to introduce yourself to someone? If you were committed to God's mission of reconciliation, how would you need to react to these kinds of life circumstances?

Read 2 Corinthians 6:6-7. Of which things in this list do you need more in your life? What is one word in these verses that is challenging to you?

Read 2 Corinthians 6:9-10. Which of these comparisons is most striking to you? Have you had a time in your life when one of these phrases would have described you? How did you work through that time?

How do you think Paul's handling of adversity provided him with opportunities to introduce himself? Why do you think he was always trying to build new relationships with people? What good message did he have for them?

How does this passage challenge us in our relationships? What are some simple things we can do this week to build new relationships? In the relationships we already have, how can we be ambassadors for God?

What is your one goal for this week? How can we help you accomplish this goal?

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