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September 1-7, 2013

Facilitator’s Guide: Week of September 1

Looking Back on New Life (2 Corinthians 5: 17-21)

The amazing reality of being a Christian is that though you may have trusted Christ years ago, the life you have in Christ can always be experienced as new life. 

You can start out by going around the room and asking group members how long they have been a Christian. For instance, if a person came to faith in Christ at the age of 16 and they are 36 they have been a believer for 20 years.   

Read the passage and review the message by discussing what makes the Christian life an ongoing new life.  What is the key to experiencing the Christian life as new no matter how long we have been a believer? What are you doing to share this new life with others?  Close this section by praying for specific people that group members want to share this new life with.

Looking Ahead to Fear (Proverbs 29:25)

Ask group members to name the types of “phobias” that people have. Then use the sermon guide to dive into Proverbs 29:25 to study the issue of fear and how it stalls us. 

BULLETIN OUTLINE

New Life in Christ   2 Corinthians 5:16-21

9.1.13  Jason Lamb, Student Ministry Pastor

New life

New mission

Celebrate your faith story with other believers

Share your faith with those in need

LOOKING BACK

New Life in Christ 

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

It’s a bit of a paradox, isn’t it? Knowing that the lives we live on this earth and the bodies we have will physically die, but the new life we have in Christ is propelling us towards eternity. We live in the tension of physical death because of sin but new life that will never cease because of Christ. So what should we do about it? Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 6:1-2.

Thinking It Through

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of Gods’ kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

~2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NLT)

God, if I were you, I wouldn’t have chosen me. But you do. You already have. And it changes everything.

~Anonymous

The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation.

~Brennan Manning

The spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people.

~A. W. Tozer

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.

~Billy Graham

Living It Out

1.     Who will you celebrate your faith story with this week? Identify another believer in your life and share your stories with each other.

 

2.     Consider joining one of the groups@grace and become involved in a community that will

encourage and celebrate life together. Go to http://www.gfcnow.com/groups and explore the options.

3.     Identify one person in your life that does not know Jesus Christ. Begin praying for them and be sensitive to opportunities to share your faith with them.

LOOKING AHEAD

Stalled? Get Moving Again

Fear (of people)

Proverbs 29:25

We are not what we think we are, we are not what others think we are, we are what we think others think we are. Think about that! Certainly we are influenced by others, and we should have respect for and patience with all men, when we allow others to define who we are, put too much pressure upon our thoughts, feelings and actions, we have fallen into a snare. We are stalled because of the fear of people!

Looking It Up

The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted. 

Proverbs 29:25

1.    Slow down and think through the wording of Proverbs 29:25.
 
What questions does the text cause you to ask?

What are the key words?

What is the main “contrast” in the verse?

2.    What is your first “personal impression” of the verse?
 
3.    Take a look at the following verses and jot down how they flesh out the meaning or implications of Proverbs 29:25.

Numbers 13:30-33

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Matthew 6:1-18

Mark 14:66-72

John 12:42-43

John 20:38-39

Galatians 1:10