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 least expensive gift you’ve ever received? How much was it worth to you? Why?
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.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (NLT)
When you hear Paul compare himself to a clay jar (fragile, not very valuable), what does it make you think?
a. Come on, Paul, you’re just being modest.
b. Speak for yourself, Paul, I’m not clay. Wood maybe, but not clay.
c. Hey Paul, I think you need to go read a book on positive self-talk!
d. Yeah, I’m probably there with you.
e. other _________________
What is the benefit (or result) for Paul of being like a clay jar? Why is it so important?
On a scale of 1 to 10, one being valuing your own strength and 10 being valuing God’s strength in you, where would you say you fall?
How have you experienced God’s power in your life? Has it ever looked like what Paul describes in verses 8 and 9?
What’s one way this week that you might choose to highlight God’s power in your life instead of your own strength and ability?