Beholding the Glory of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:7-18)
How is the glory of God in the Old Covenant different from his glory in the New Covenant?
What is the relationship between hope and boldness (v 12)? How can we have a stronger hope and greater boldness? How does this hope help us live courageous and unashamed lives for the gospel?
What does it mean to be changed from “one degree of glory to another” (v 18)? What does this teach us about Christian growth?
Are there areas in your life where you feel you aren’t growing or changing fast enough? Why is “beholding the glory of the Lord” essential to transformation?
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 ministry of condemnation (verse 9)?
A: Before Christ, we were separated from God because of our sin. The law showed us our sin, but no person is able to keep the law on their own. Only Jesus kept the law perfectly. Because the wages of sin is death, we are all condemned by the law of Moses (The 10 Commandments).
Q: What is the ministry of righteousness (verse 9)?
A: When we put our faith in Christ for our salvation, our sins are forgiven and we are made righteous in God’s eyes. Christ took on the punishment that we deserved, and His forgiveness allows us to be presented to God as His children.
Q: Read verses 15-18. What do these verses mean? Explain in your own words.
A: Allow your child to explain the message of the gospel here in their own words. Help them to see that when we believe in Jesus, we come into the presence of God, and are given freedom from the condemnation of the law. As Christians, we are constantly being transformed to the image of God as we walk closely with Him through prayer, reading His word, fellowship with other believers, and other spiritual disciplines.