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Sunday, July 21, 2024

2 Corinthians 4:13-18

God created every man and woman to be a disciple who makes disciples. The world is too perilous, and the gospel is too glorious for us to remain silent.

Read 2 Corinthians 4:13-15:
1. What hope do all who believe in Jesus Christ have? What should this hope motivate us to do in response?
2. According to verse 15, why did Paul share the gospel with the Corinthians? What did he expect the Corinthians to do?
3. Read Romans 1:16. Why should we preach the gospel no matter the cost? What makes it a unique message?

Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:
4. Why should we expect suffering as we share the gospel? What is the danger of embracing safety and being unwilling to suffer for the gospel?
5. Read 2 Corinthians 4:4. Why do unbelievers not recognize the glory of God in Christ? What implications does that have as we go on mission to the lost?
6. As Christians suffer, what perspective should they maintain? Is it difficult for you to cultivate and maintain this attitude? If so, why?
7. The word in Greek translated “beyond all comparison” is where we get the English word “hyperbole.” What does this help us understand about what awaits every Christian?

Taking it Home:
8. What is the difference between being motivated to share the gospel by guilt and by glory? Which approach describes you most often?
9. Do you really believe this gospel? What will it motivate you to do or change about your life? How does it change the way you relate to and respond to social justice issues?
10. Who are 3-4 people in your sphere of influence who do not believe the gospel? Will you commit to pray for opportunities to share the gospel with these people?
11. Have you ever gone to another part of the world to share the gospel? What was that experience like? How did it change the way you live at home?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Revelation 20:11-15

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