Lesson 52 Corinthians 4 - 5
This week we continue our study of Paulís second letter to the Corinthians and what it tells each of us about being a witness for Christ. In the course of this lesson, Paul will give us insight into what to do and what not to do when sharing the Good News. He will also tell us why we should gladly do this, and he gives us some insight into heaven and what it will be like to be there.
So grab your Bibles, put on your thinking caps, and read 2 Corinthians Chapters 4 and 5; then consider the following questions:
- What is the work God has given us that Paul writes about in verse one of Chapter 4?
- What are we told not to do when we are spreading the Gospel? (verse 2)
- How is it according to Paul that people can see God in us as we witness? (verse 7)
- In verses 8-12, we see that even today we can be pressed on all sides. Why shouldnít we just give up?
- Paul gives us a reason to keep going, to press ahead. What is it? (verses 13-16)
- Paul goes on to say that even more motivating is what we are looking ahead to. What is that? (Chapter 4:18 through Chapter 5:2)
- What do we learn about heaven from Paulís writing in Chapter 5, verses 3-5?
- Will Christians face judgment? (verse 10)
- Given that we will face the Judgment of Christ, what instruction does Paul give us for living today? (13-16)
- Youíve heard of someone being born again Ė hopefully you are as well. What does that mean, and what does Paul tells us happens when we accept the Good News and take Christ as our Savior? (verses 18-19)
- What does it mean to be on Godís ambassadors? What does that term "ambassador" actually mean? (verse 20)
As we continue to pray and spread the good news to our friends, neighbors, and loved ones, let us consider our testimony and our way of living. If we are to be Godís ambassadors, then we must know as much about him as we can; so that we can fairly and honestly be his representatives. Are we living the life that Christ would have us to live? Do we allow Christ to reflect in our lives, or are the pressing issues of the day detracting from the Good News weíre trying spread?
I pray this week the hectic things of life, and the calamities of the world around us, do not become stumbling blocks for us or for those that we are trying to reach for Christ. I also pray you are having a great week as you study his word and share that word with someone you care about.
May God richly bless your life as you daily study His Holy Word.
Yours in Christ,