MAIN IDEA: If we are to know and help each other, we will reside close to where someone’s world and heart meet.
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION
1. How might someone’s “fragile clay jars”...“make it clear” that our “great power” is from God?
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT) 7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
How might one of these questions help you help someone you care about?
- Express these troubles to the Lord: “What is God saying to you?”
- See his compassion & strength: “Where can you see God helping you through this?”
- Remember his faithful love: “When did God demonstrate & verify His love for you?” [Cross]
2. You can help someone influenced by their weak & withering bodies by paying attention to what’s happening on the inside of their withering body. 2
Corinthians 4:16 (NLT) 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
a. In what way have you noticed your own body withering?
b. Despite that physical weakness, have you ever noticed your inner spirit being renewed every day?
c. How might one of these affirmations help you help someone you care about?
- “I’m with you giving thanks for any of your good health.”
- “I’m with you praying with expectation & faith for healing.”
- “I’m with you praying for a renewing of your faith.”
3. Can you think of any circumstances that God may have used to reveal your heart to you. How has that helped you mature in faith?