A Message of Focus (2 Corinthians 1:1-2)
Paul had a resumé that would have been quite impressive in certain circles. According to Philippians 3:4-6, what does that resumé consist of?
How does Paul identify himself to the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 1:1-2? Why doesn’t he list the things he had mentioned in Philippians 3:4-6? (See Philippians 3:7-14)
Paul viewed himself in terms of his relationship to Jesus. His identity and value were wrapped up in who Jesus said he was rather than his own accomplishments or approval. How can you follow Paul’s example? In what ways is it challenging to do so?
The first thing Paul says about the people he’s writing to is that they are “the church of God that is at Corinth”. Why do you think he addresses them this way? And how can we benefit from remembering that Providence Church belongs to God?
Questions for Preschool
Q: What is God?
A: God is the creator of everyone and everything.
Q: Why do we call God our Father?
A: God is the creator of all people. God adopts those who believe in and follow Jesus into His special family. He loves us even more than our earthly father!
Q: What did Jesus do for you?
A: Jesus was with God when He created everyone and everything. Because of our sin, Jesus came to the earth to save us. He lived the perfect life and died in our place on the cross. He rose again on the third day, and now is seated at the right hand of God in heaven. Jesus made the way for us to have peace with God and allows us to be a part of God’s family through His sacrifice for us.
Questions for Elementary
Q: Look at verse 1-2. Who is the author of 1 Corinthians? Who are the recipients?
A: This letter is written by Paul to the church in Corinth and also other Christians in the region that might read the letter. Show your child a map of this area from your Bible.
Q: What are Paul’s specific reasons for praising God in the first few verses of this book?
A: Paul opens this letter by praising the God who gives so much mercy and comfort to the apostle and all believers. Paul considers God a comforter (which can also be translated to mean to strengthen, help, or make strong). Paul reminds the believers in Corinth that God comforts us (strengthens us, helps us, makes us strong) in our affliction and we can also comfort others who are going through hard times.
Q: For a Christian, what is the purpose of suffering?
A: God can use suffering in our lives to bring Him glory and to make us more like Christ. Although it is painful and hard, suffering can be for our eternal good and can be used to bring much glory to God.
Pray for someone you know who is suffering. Ask God to help that person feel comforted and loved. Ask for God to use the suffering for His glory and for their good. Think about ways you can comfort the person that you prayed for, and make a plan to do that this week.
Questions for Teens
What are some ways God comforts us? How has he used others to comfort you through struggles?
What are some ways you can comfort those around you? How has the comfort you have received from Christ help you to comfort others?
Struggles and suffering move us to rely on God. (v. 9) How does suffering and struggle move us closer to reliance on God?
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