Following on from the ministry we received through Jon on Sunday February 28 from 2Corinthians 4 & 5, here are some suggested questions for use in your Small Group discussions and/or personal study;

 

Icebreaker

  • Do you remember someone from your younger years upon whom you look back as a mentor, example or kind of parent in the faith or in life? What can you tell us about them?

 

Questions

  1. How does the description of sin and its progressive impact on life as described in James 1:12-15 warn us and protect us from ending up in the state of the church in Corinth during the time of this letter?
    1. What changes might we want to take to guard ourselves against such sin (Luke 22:40&46, Matthew 25:41, Mark 14:38 also Matthew 18:7-11, Romans 13:11-14) ?
  2. What is the difference between unrepentant sin and someone struggling with temptation?
  3. What is the difference between discipline and punishment?
    1. Discipline is rarely a pleasant experience but what would say is the encouragement to be found in it (Hebrews 12:4-7, Revelation 3:18-19)?
  4. Do you think we are hearing too little, too much or just about the right amount in ‘mainstream’ Christianity and Christian media (books, TV, magazines etc) about godly sorrow and repentance (2Corinthians 7:8-12)? Why do you think this is?
    1. To what does godly sorrow lead?
    2. What are the dangers of speaking too much or too little of these matters?
    3. What struck you about what Jon described as the difference between worldly and godly sorrow?

 

Further Reading

  1. God’s will for us is to be holy (1Thessalonians 4:3). In what ways do we avoid/forget this?
  2. To what lengths do we go to avoid godly sorrow?
    1. With what can we be tempted to avoid this kind of sorrow?
  3. How should the church deal with an unrepentant sinner (Matthew 18:15-20)?
  4. Have you ever had to check out what you’re listening to/watching/reading, even though it wouldn’t be considered ‘sinful’ even in the church? What was it that convicted you there was something wrong?