The Aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:12-17)
What does it mean to be "the aroma of Christ" among those around us (2:15)?
What two responses do people tend to have to this aroma (2:16)? How have you seen these very different responses to the gospel message from those around you?
How important is it for us to have pure, sincere motives when ministering to other people (2:17)? How can you demonstrate genuine motives to those around you?
Questions for Preschool
Q: How can we glorify God?
A: We can glorify God by loving Him and by obeying His commands and law.
Q: What is the gospel?
A: The gospel is the good news that Jesus came to save sinners like you and me.
Q: Why is the gospel good news?
A: Talk with your child about the problem of sin - we all are born into sin that separates us from God. We are unable to save ourselves from our sin. The gospel is good news because God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to rescue us and save us from our sin. The good news of the gospel has made a way for us to have a close relationship with God and live forever with Him.
Questions for Elementary
Q: What is an aroma? Can you give an example of your favorite aroma?
A: An aroma is a fragrance (something that you smell). Allow your child to brainstorm different aromas that they like (chocolate chip cookies, popcorn, peppermint, etc.)
Q: What does it mean to be the “aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing”?
A: As Christians, our lives should point others to Christ. The message of the gospel is life to some (those who are being saved) and a message of condemnation to those who reject it (those who are perishing).
Q: What is your response to the gospel?
A: Allow your child to answer openly.
Q: If you are a Christian, how can you be the “aroma of Christ” to those in your life this week?
A: Allow your child to discuss ways they can point others to Jesus this week. Then, pray together and ask the Lord to help you to be obedient in the ways that you discussed together.
Questions for Teens
Have you ever felt uneasy, even when it was clear you were being given a good opportunity for something? (2:12-13)
How does Christ lead us in triumphal procession? How do we follow him and spread the “fragrance of the knowledge of him”? (2:14)
What does it mean to be the aroma of Christ? Why is it the fragrance of death to some and life to others? (2:15-16)
What does it mean to be commissioned by God? (2:17)