USE THE FOLLOWING TO EXPLORE TOGETHER GOD’S WORD. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO “COVER” ALL THESE POINTS.
- Pray together asking the Lord to teach us together His Word that we might believe it and do it.
- Ask group members to share a something good that happened since you were last together.
- Ask group members to share something not so good or less than good that has happened since you were last together.
- Ask group members about commitments they made when you were last together, how did that go? What happened?
- Ask someone to read 2 Corinthians 13.1-11 out loud as the group listens.
- Ask members to name things that stand out to them.
- Ask members to name things or verses that are unclear to them.
- What do they see and think about church discipline in verses 1-4 and 10? Is church discipline relevant to us today? How can we do it wrong? What must we do to do it right? What does this say about being clear about where our “church membership” is?
- Does anyone find the words about examining yourself in verse 5 disturbing? Helpful?
- What are the two things Paul prays for the Corinthians in verse 7?
- What if you see hypocrisy or failure or unpleasantness in the person who taught you God’s truth, should that invalidate it? Do you see Pastor Frank’s point about that in verse 7?
- Read verse 11. Does this describe your family? How well do we do this as a group? As a church? Let’s use this verse as the basis of a time of closing prayer.
A COMPLETE CHURCH
1 never stands still so it engages in discipline. (2 Corinthians 13.10, 1-4)
2 values assurance so it finds it in honest examination based on gospel truth. (2 Corinthians 13.5)
3 discerns truth so it encourages those who declare it and live it. (2 Corinthians 13.6)
4 loves the truth so it delights in the word. (2 Corinthians 13.8)
5 lives out the truth so it grows in righteousness. ( 2 Corinthians 13.7)
6 has confidence in the truth so it does not put its hopes on men. (2 Corinthians 13.7)
7 is always aware that it is weak so that it can make others strong. (2 Corinthians 13.9)