Week of June 10, 2018

2 Corinthians 4: 13-5:1

Reading from St. Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthian Christians, we find St. Paul declaring joyously that since he now has this saving faith offered through Jesus, he can’t help but share it with others, because then God’s grace is extended to others and the curse of sin that had brought death is replaced by God raising believers with Jesus to eternal life. And even though our physical bodies are deteriorating, our soul is being energized day by day as we look forward to a day in eternity. St. Paul then notes that the things that we see around us are not really the lasting things; rather, eternity with God—that we cannot see now—is where reality really is. So we should not focus solely, or too much, on our temporary earthly tent (our body), since we have an eternal home waiting for us in Heaven.

Read 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

What part of this reading is most encouraging to you? Why?

What is most convicting to you? Why?

What words or descriptions does Paul use for Heaven in this text?

What part of this reading is most confusing or unclear to you? (talk about these items together to help each other make sense of them).

How does grace extending to more and more people increase thanksgiving?

Who should we be praying would come to know Jesus and the eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 

Take time and exchange back/hand/head rubs. Talk about how nice this feels on your bodies, but how heaven we will have no sore muscles or hurts of any kind.

Share with each other one way you can physically care for someone this week (check in with each other how that is going).

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