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“Share a big “change” or move you experienced growing up.”
his week we begin our series up to and into Easter, “This Changes Everything”. God is reconciling the world to himself and has made us, who are in Christ, ministers and messengers of that reconciliation. Our entire life has been changed and is to be leveraged for the “ministry of reconciliation”. Christ doesn’t want to be a part of our life, He invades all of our life.
Key Passages: 2 Cor 5:11-21; Phil 1:20-27; 1 Peter 2:9-12
- Ask if someone can give the primary sermon points to refresh the message (be prepared to do this yourself if needed).
- Read 2 Cor 5:14. What does v14 say should “control us”? (love of Christ) Do you feel that it controls you? Why or why not?
- Read Phil 1:20-27. Someone describe Paul’s perspective shared here about his life. How does this life perspective “change everything”?
- How are you leveraging relationships in your life for the gospel? How can be do this better?
- When is the last time you had a Jesus conversation with anyone?
- Who in your world needs to hear and see Jesus? Ask a few people to share.
- Make a list of those you will begin to talk to, pray for, share with and invite to Easter services.
- Ask if there are any other personal observations or takeaways from the scripture or sermon.
Thank God for making us His people through the death and resurrection of His Son. Ask Him to help the members of your group to commit to being disciples and making disciples.
RESOURCES and FURTHER STUDY
Matthew Henry Commentary (Concise) - 2 Corinthians 5
Verses 9-15 The apostle quickens himself and others to acts of duty. Well-grounded hopes of heaven will not encourage sloth and sinful security. Let all consider the judgment to come, which is called, The terror of the Lord. Knowing what terrible vengeance the Lord would execute upon the workers of iniquity, the apostle and his brethren used every argument and persuasion, to lead men to believe in the Lord Jesus, and to act as his disciples. Their zeal and diligence were for the glory of God and the good of the church. Christ's love to us will have a like effect upon us, if duly considered and rightly judged. All were lost and undone, dead and ruined, slaves to sin, having no power to deliver themselves, and must have remained thus miserable for ever, if Christ had not died. We should not make ourselves, but Christ, the end of our living and actions. A Christian's life should be devoted to Christ. Alas, how many show the worthlessness of their professed faith and love, by living to themselves and to the world!
Verses 16-21 The renewed man acts upon new principles, by new rules, with new ends, and in new company. The believer is created anew; his heart is not merely set right, but a new heart is given him. He is the workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Though the same as a man, he is changed in his character and conduct. These words must and do mean more than an outward reformation. The man who formerly saw no beauty in the Saviour that he should desire him, now loves him above all things. The heart of the unregenerate is filled with enmity against God, and God is justly offended with him. Yet there may be reconciliation. Our offended God has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ. By the inspiration of God, the Scriptures were written, which are the word of reconciliation; showing that peace has been made by the cross, and how we may be interested therein. Though God cannot lose by the quarrel, nor gain by the peace, yet he beseeches sinners to lay aside their enmity, and accept the salvation he offers. Christ knew no sin. He was made Sin; not a sinner, but Sin, a Sin-offering, a Sacrifice for sin. The end and design of all this was, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, might be justified freely by the grace of God through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Can any lose, labour, or suffer too much for Him, who gave his beloved Son to be the Sacrifice for their sins, that they might be made the righteousness of God in him?