Our study this week is in 2 Corinthians 2:12 thru 3:6. Ministers of the New Covenant.
Live in the Narthex, Sunday at 9:00 am
Our normal cadence is:
- Brief discussion previous week, with thought questions that will tie into the lesson.
- Open with prayer
- Read the section of scripture. Try to let everyone read a few verses, but will modify as needed.
- Work through the prepared questions … at our own pace.
- Close with prayer after ~ 45 minutes.
Hope you can join us live and participate in the study. We always enjoy interaction. Or you can use the guide to study on your own. Feel free to share with others.
Step1: Opening and Introduction to the lesson – Personal Testimonies and or any Reflections? What is the most memorable parade you’ve seen or taken part in?
Step 2: Hear – Read: 2 Cor 2:12 thru 3:6. Ministers of the New Covenant.
Step 3: Explore – Discover the Passage
- Until Titus returns with good news (see 7:6-13), Paul has no peace of mind (2:13); What does that say about Paul’s concern for this church? How is Paul’s minister influenced by fellow Christians? Explain the significance of “always” in verse 14.
- How can the same Gospel be either the smell of death or the fragrance of life?
- What might be happening in Corinth (2:17-3:1)? Although preachers often had letters of recommendation when they traveled to new areas (3 John 5-8), why does Paul need no such letter?
- What facts sufficiently qualify Paul to be a minister of God’s Word? In what way are these facts the basis for his confidence? Why should the Corinthians listen to Paul (1:1-3:6)?
Step 4: Connect – Apply the Passage:
- How can you spread the aroma of Christ in the environment of your home? In your work place? In your outside activities? In your church? What has God done through you recently?
- If you were the only Bible someone else had to read, how much of the Gospel would they grasp? In other words, what shows that the knowledge of God is spread through your character?
- In what ways will you be a letter from Christ today? What will be your content?
Step 5: Reflect: Our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant.