Content for a Class Discussion
As a church family, get together to discuss a few of these questions, based on Ken’s passage on Sunday. Maybe you could gather your family around the dinner table to have this conversation.
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KEN 2021-08-01 – LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS for 2021-08-04
On August 1, Pastor Ken continues his summer teaching series on overcoming discouragement with this massage on Prioritizing Spiritual Understanding, from 2 Corinthians 4:5-6.
Introduction. “The Emphasis upon Knowledge”
- A Spiritual Knowledge
- An Understanding of What God has Accomplished in Christ
- An Expression of the Relationship
Two Necessary Responses:
- A Proper Perspective of Self
- Prioritizing Spiritual Understanding – “truly knowing”
A Proper Perspective of Self – (“why Paul said what He said”):
- A Defense (the human context)
- An Understanding that Leads to Surrender
- The Motive of Selflessness
Prioritizing Spiritual Understanding – (the Journey of the Knowledge of Him):
- Under His Lordship
- Self Out of the Way
- Growing in the Knowledge of His Glory
Lessons Learned Along the Way
- Lesson #1 – Apathetic Knowledge
- Lesson #2 – the Mind of Christ
- Lesson #3 – God Alone Brings the Change
“We do not preach ourselves, but Jesus as Lord and ourselves as your servants for Christ’s sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:5-6
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rate yourself in spiritual knowledge?
- What does spiritual knowledge mean to you?
- How is spiritual knowledge so much more than just knowing stuff in the Bible?
- Ken talked about a proper understanding of self. How are Christians to view themselves?
- How is “truly knowing” related to experiential knowledge?
- How are Christians supposed to surrender to Jesus?
- Is Christian surrender more a negative or a positive concept?
- A warring nation may be forced to surrender. Is this what we mean by surrender to Christ? How is it similar and different?
- How is surrender related to freedom?
- How do you respond to people that say Christianity is a religion (when we know that our faith is all about a relationship)?
- How can a believer become more selfless?
- In what way is a Christian called to give up their rights?
- How is lordship required to be a disciple of Jesus?
- How can people claim salvation in Christ yet not surrender to his lordship?
- When was a time in your life when you had apathetic knowledge? What did that look like?
- What does it take to have the mind of Christ?
- What does a believer look like who is developing the mind of Christ?
- How often do we believe or emphasize that WE must change to be a better follower of Jesus?
- How does God cause the change he desires in us?
- How do we discover his will and ways in order to walk in that direction?