Sunday, November 21, 2021

2 Corinthians 3:16-4:18

When meeting new people, talking with acquaintances, or even conversing with close friends and family, we know that there is a limited list of “safe” topics. You can always talk about the weather. You can always ask, “What do you do?” when referring to jobs or hobbies. Family discussions are usually acceptable. But don’t you dare talk about politics or religion.

But for believers in Jesus Christ, the taboo topics of religion and faith must be faced head-on. If we believe God created the world and its inhabitants to have a relationship with Him, then we must facilitate that connection as much as it is within our power. If we believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to save sinners, then we must help sinners see their need for salvation and introduce them to Jesus to receive the forgiveness we all need. If we believe that unbelievers are destined for eternal punishment in hell, then we must encourage and plead with them to turn from darkness and to the light of Christ. Sharing Jesus with an unbelieving world is risky, but based on the truth that God has revealed to us in His Word, that risk is worth it in order to see people saved.

Read 2 Corinthians 3:16-4:7:
  1. What are some taboo topics for conversations these days?
  2. Why do you think discussions about religion and faith are so controversial?
  3. Many people do not share their faith because they say, “It’s private.” Is it possible to have a private faith?
  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?
  5. What are some ways that your weakness and frailty can showcase God’s glory while you still seek to live a life of integrity?
Read 2 Corinthians 4:8-4:18:
  1. What does it look like for us to “set forth the truth plainly”? Why does this take so much courage?
  2. What are some central beliefs of Christianity that make sharing the good news of Jesus worth the risk?
  3. As Christians suffer, what perspective should they maintain? Is it difficult for you to cultivate and maintain this attitude? If so, why?
  4. What is the difference between being motivated to share the gospel by guilt and by glory? Which approach describes you most often?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:

1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Romans 10; Acts 26; Isaiah 55; Acts 4; Psalm 107.