The Sufficiency of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:1-6)
Paul understood what it was like to feel inadequate ministering to others. Can you relate? If so, how do these verses speak into that?
How are the Corinthians themselves a letter of recommendation for Paul? In your own life, who has modeled for you how to follow Christ? Who are your “letters”, those you’re investing in right now?
How would you measure fruitfulness in ministry?
How does resting in the sufficiency of Christ help us serve him more effectively?
Questions for Preschool
Q: What is God’s law?
A: God’s law was given to Moses at Mount Sinai as a standard for how God’s people should live and a way for them to recognize their own sin when they failed to keep the law.
Q: Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?
A: Since the fall of Adam and Eve (the first sin in the garden of Eden) no one has been able to keep the law of God perfectly.
Q: Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?
A: That we may know the holy nature of God, and the sinful nature of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. (Listen to New City Catechism, Q13 & Q15)
Questions for Elementary
Q: What is the old covenant?
A: The old covenant was given to Moses at Mount Sinai in the Ten Commandments. These laws were established by God so that His people would know how they should live and could recognize their sin when they failed to keep the law. Before Christ, when God’s people sinned, a priest would have to offer atonement for their sin with animal sacrifices, which had to be repeated often.
Q: What is the new covenant?
A: The new covenant was established from the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Because of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, anyone who calls upon His name for salvation can become a part of the family of God. The new covenant is eternal - it lasts forever.
Q: Which covenant is better? Why?
A: The new covenant is the better covenant (Hebrews 7:22) because it is eternal and completely able to cover the payment for our sin. No longer do God’s people have to rely on continual animal sacrifices by a human priest to offer payment for our sins. God has solved our sin problem by sending His perfect Son Jesus to this earth. He lived a perfect life and died in our place on the cross. He rose again from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of God, making a way for us to be restored to a right relationship with Him. He paid the penalty once for all people who have faith in Him.
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