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Small Group Notes

Small group notes for Jan 20

 

The start of a new series: Highlights in 2 Corinthians

 

Welcome: what is the most glorious sight that you have seen either on holidays or nearer to home?

 

Worship: sing or listen to this song: You are holy,holy holy

 

Word: 2 Corinthians:3.7-18

 

1.       What is the point Paul makes in 3:7-11 and what is his conclusion (3:12)

 

2.       Why did Moses originally put a veil over his face? See Exodus 34:33-35

 

3.       Why does it say here that Moses put a veil over his face (v13)? Why do you think he did this?

 

4.       Why are we not like Moses? See 3:1-13.

 

5.       Who is Paul speaking of in 3:14?

 

6.       Why were their minds hardened? Read Numbers 14:1-24: Hebrews 3:7-4:2; Jude 1:5

 

7.       From 3:14-16, what does this veil (over the minds and hearts of the Jews) keep them from seeing or understanding?

 

8.       Review the purpose of the law:a) The letter ______________ (2Cor3:6) by bringing _____________ (2Cor 3:9)b) The Law reveals ________________ (Rom 3:20; Gal 3:21-22)

 

9.       In what ways is the new covenant superior to the old one?

 

10.    When did Moses remove his veil (c.f. Numbers 34; 34)? When and how is the veil spoken of in 3:14-16 removed?

 

11.   What immediate blessing comes to the one who turns to the Lord (v17)? What consequence does God give to the person with the unveiled mind (v18)?

Witness: to think about. Is the process spoken of in 3:18 happening to you? Why, why not?

 

Small group notes for Jan 27

Welcome: Have you ever felt really fed up or in despair?

Worship: sing or listen to Never once

Word: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12

1.       (Vv3‐4) Since Satan has blinded people’s eyes to the truth, is there any hope for them? What strategies must we use to overcome spiritual blindness? How many people are likely to find Christ without intercessory prayer?

2.       What are some of the hardships and sufferings that people in your church are experiencing right now? Make a list. (You could write this down to use in the prayer time later)

3.       Share how you’ve seen Christ’s power displayed in hard times.

4.       Do you think of yourself as a “jar of clay”? Why or why not?

5.       What is encouraging about this imagery? What makes you nervous about it?

6.       What does this passage do for your self-esteem?

7.       How have you observed God’s “all-surpassing power” displayed in “jars of clay”? What do these observations tell you about God?

8.       “we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (v. 7)? What causes us to sometimes get off track and think that it’s more about us than it is about God’s power?

9.       How do verses 8–9 encourage you at this moment in your life?

10.   How did the suffering of others pave the way for you to experience life in Christ?

Witness:

Close by praying together and thanking God for your present sufferings! and, as a visual reminder, get a small terracotta pot and in it place the names of people you are ministering to, praying for, sharing the gospel with, etc. it will help you remember that it is God’s power working through plain-ol’ you!