Join us as we dive deeper into the scripture passage from this past Sunday morning. Whether you’re in a group or just wanting to talk around the dinner table, you can use this discussion guide as we allow God’s word to shape us together in community!
What ways have you seen God at work in your life the past week?
What’s the most recent test, work evaluation, or review you’ve had to do? Was it stressful, routine, exciting?
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.
2 Corinthians 13:5-9 (NIV)
When you hear Paul say “test yourselves” to see if you are in the faith, how do you respond?
a. That seems a little harsh, man.
b. What gives you the right to question my faith, Paul?
c. How about you test your own self!
d. Ok, that’s probably not bad advice for any of us.
e. other _________________
How would you describe Paul’s mood and approach here? Why do you think that is?
Sunday, Tim talked about Pauls desire for these early Jesus followers to be “fully restored” being like setting a broken bone. What part of this analogy rings most true in your own life? (getting beyond the external to the root of the problem, the doctor setting the bone, remaining in the cast, etc.)
If you were to do some self-examination, would you say your aim is more toward reflecting who Jesus is or more your own desires? What in your life right now helps to reveal this?
Is there anything God might want to do this week to help (or just further) reset/reorient your life?