Word Studies for the Week of March 31, 2019

March 31 ● Lent 4 – Discipleship 101: Reconciliation and Invitation ● 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21

What might Paul mean when he says from now on we no longer regard someone from a human point of view?

If someone is a new creation in Christ, what things would change in that person’s life, and what things would stay the same?

According to Paul do we as ordinary human beings have a place in God’s drama of salvation? If so, what role do we have?

What does reconciliation look like to you? What things are part of the process? What things does one have to give up? What advantages are there for both parties?

What do ambassadors do? What things do ambassadors refrain from doing? Why might this be an apt metaphor for a life of discipleship in Jesus Christ?

Paul asks the Corinthians to be reconciled to God on behalf of the mission of Christ to the world. How does our personal faith life affect our mission?

In verse 21 Paul sums up the cross by pointing to a particular aspect of Christ’s sacrifice for us, what is Paul trying to do here?


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