GROW Group Questions (MAR 8, 2020)

posted by Bethel Group Life | Mar 5, 2020

Activities

  1. Imagine you had no obstacles stopping you: Choose your own custom-made ministry trip overseas. Share with the group where you would go, what people group you would serve, and how you would serve them.

  2. Using your cellphone, look up how to say “Jesus Loves You” in a different language!

DISCUSSION

  1. Look at 2 Corinthians 5:10, which introduces this week’s passage. In what way will our actions as believers be judged? (Intent: The word “judgment” used here and in Romans 14:10b are the only two places this specific Greek word “Bema” is used in reference to eternal judgment. It is a judgment in the afterlife of a believer’s motives and actions. See Strong’s NT968 for detail. 1 Cor. 3:11-15 teaches that our works will be judged by fire. Those unworthy works that are wood, hay, and stubble will be consumed. Those worthy works that survive this fire will be rewarded. A lot of things that are done in the name of Christ will receive no reward at all in heaven. See Mt. 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven...”)

  2.  Read 2 Corinthians 5:11 and 14. What in us is the source of our desire to share Christ with others? (Intent: Verse 11 begins with a “therefore,” referring back to v.10. Knowing the fear, i.e., reverent respect, of the Lord and sobered by our tendency toward wrong motives, we are instead compelled by Christ’s love.)

  3. Read v. 13. Why do you think some non-Christians may think we are "out of our mind"? How should we respond to that? See 1 Corinthians 2:6-8. (Intent: The Gospel can only be understood through wisdom imparted by the Holy Spirit, not by the world’s wisdom.)

  4.  Read 2 Cor. 5:15. What does it look like to live for Christ rather than for ourselves? (Intent: As Christ died, we who trust in Him also died to ourselves. See Rom. 6:6-8. We now live by faith and are under obligation to Christ. We are driven out of love for Him to serve the Master and others. Encourage the group to describe examples of ways to live for Christ.)

  5. Read v. 16. How does the world regard people? How do Christians regard people? (Intent: The world makes superficial personal judgments based on external appearances, past experiences with others, and relying on human understanding. We, on the other hand, have the mind of Christ informed by the Word of God, which enables us to see the spiritual nature of people. See 1 Cor. 2:15-16.)

  6. Read v. 17. As a believer, what is different in the way that you are living out your life today, compared with your life as a non-Christian? (Intent: Members may describe how the Lord has made them into a new creation and how they act differently.)

  7. Read vv. 18-21. What does it mean that we've been given the ministry of reconciliation? (Intent: To reconcile is to reestablish relationship; to settle or resolve; to make harmonious; to make accounts come into balance. Our mission is to bring others into right relationship with Christ, thus balancing the books by their accepting Christ’s payment for a humanly unforgivable debt.)

  8. How have you been an ambassador for Christ? (Intent: An ambassador is a representative, envoy, or emissary for another. We are privileged to accurately represent the Lord to others.)

APPLICATION


Since we are each appointed as ambassadors of Christ, we seek to represent our Lord accurately. What action will you take this week to further His mission? (Intent: This could be assessing our witness in the world around us, spending time in prayer seeking where the Lord wants to use us, taking specific action to help or speak with a neighbor or co-worker, or taking some extra time in a “chance” encounter.)


PRAYER


Take time this week to ask the Lord to lead you and grant you opportunity to be His witness to others around you, remembering they need what perhaps only you can give them.

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