Small Group Questions – Courage for the Challenges (NLOL Week 5)

Read 2 Corinthians 4 together as a group…

  1. John made this statement – “Instead of complaining about what he did not have, Paul rejoiced in what he did have; and you and I can do the same thing.” How do you feel about this statement in the light of 2 Corinthians 4 and your own situation?
  2. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
    The important thing about a vessel is that it be clean, empty, and available for service.

Each of us must seek to become “a vessel of honour, sanctified [set apart], and fit for the master’s use, and prepared for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:21).

Discuss these 2 statements in the light of these 2 verses…

  1. We are vessels so that God might use us!
  2. We are earthen vessels so that we might depend on God’s power and not our own!
  1. This section (2 Corinthians 4:8-12) is one of three sections in 2 Corinthians devoted to a listing of Paul’s sufferings.
    1. In the light of this discuss John’s observation that “the test of a true ministry is not stars, but scars!”
    2. How can we keep from giving up?
  2. Read 2 Corinthians 4:18 – Dr. A.W. Tozer used to remind his people that the invisible world described in the Bible was the only “real world.” If we would only see the visible world the way God wants us to see it, we would never be attracted by what it offers (1 John 2:15–17).
    The great men and women of faith, mentioned in Hebrews 11, achieved what they did because they “saw the invisible” (Heb. 11:10, 13–14, 27). How can you look at things that are invisible? By faith!
    When you read the Word of God. We have never seen Christ or heaven, yet we know they are real because the Word of God tells us so. Faith is “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Because Abraham looked for the heavenly city, he separated himself from Sodom; but Lot chose Sodom because he walked by sight and not by faith (Gen. 13; Heb. 11:10). Of course, the unsaved world thinks we are odd—perhaps even crazy—because we insist on the reality of the invisible world of spiritual blessing. As a result of this are you content to have your life governed by eternal values, not temporal ones?
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