Life Group: Oct 7 – Oct 13, 2019
Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6 – 10:6
Welcome and Icebreaker: 1. What was the highlight of your summer? Or 2. If you won a million dollars what would you do with it? Or 3. Who do you trust most with your money? The bank, the government, your kids, your spouse? Or 4. Talk about a time when you were blessed by the generosity of another Christian. Or 5. What is one lesson about money you recall learning from your parents?
Main Idea: We live grace filled lives when we are cheerful in our giving, thankful for God’s grace and powerful in our service for the Lord.
1. As you read this passage are there any words or phrases that jump out at you that you would like to explore further? Are there any initial questions you have after reading this passage?
2. What words describe the Corinthian’s attitude towards giving? What does cheerfulness while giving say about the condition of a person’s heart? By “sowing and reaping: imagery, is Paul saying that if you give $100 you will get $1000? Why or why not? How does Prov 22:9 help clarify our attitude toward giving? For what purpose does the Lord materially bless people?
3. How does giving reflect God’s grace? Why is Jesus God’s indescribable gift? What practical and spiritual effects did this generous gift have on the Jerusalem believers (9:11 – 15)?
4. In 10:3, What does Paul mean when he tells the Corinthians, “We don’t wage war with human plans and motives?” Where in your life do you see the kind of warfare that Paul speaks of taking place?
5. What the divine weapons has the Lord made available to us? How do “fortresses” or “strongholds” keep people from the knowledge of God? What are some arguments and “lofty opinions” that you hear thrown at Christianity today? What is the result of tearing down strongholds? (cf., Prov 21:22). In what ways can we improve our effectiveness in spiritual warfare?
6. Is there anything in this passage that the Lord has impressed on your heart that you would like to apply in your life? How can we pray?
Pray for One Another.