Posted by: heisourstrongtower | April 13, 2013

THE NEW TESTAMENT 93-DAY CHRONOLOGICAL READING PLAN – Day 65 Assignment

Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 65

Today’s Reading Assignment can be found in 2 Corinthians 1 – 4. 

Bible Reading Plan Day 65

Back in February 2012 I was reading a book called “Transforming Prayer”, by Daniel Henderson. I was inspired to write two blogs on my page during the time I was reading this book…both of which pertain to our reading today. I want to share some excerpts from those posts with you this morning and I will post the links for them here, if you feel inclined to go read both posts.

In Corinthians 3, Paul addresses that the veil was torn and because it was torn we are able to get the “glow” that only Moses was able to experience in the Old Testament. 

“Moses was blessed with a huge transformation when he was standing face to face with our Lord. As I think about how that meeting went, I see our Lord standing before Moses resplendent in love and light and I see Moses on his knees basking in the Light from the Love of his Father. I imagine tears running down his face and I then wonder was he even able to say a word in the presence of God. When the meeting between Moses and God was over and Moses made his way back to the people; he was glowing, literally. He was glowing so brightly that he frightened the people and he had to wear a veil. How sad is that, he had just experienced the greatest moment in his life and he had to hide it.”

https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/glowing-from-his-love/

“As I dug deeper in the book, “Transforming Prayer”, I found that I really do not want to glow like Moses; I want to radiate what I found in 2 Corinthians chapter 3. I discovered that Moses was gifted with a light that was slow-fading; a light that ultimately will destroy us because of our sin. His glow was temporary and only exhibited a “lesser passing power of the law which was written on stone.”

We want the light that comes from the transformation of the Spirit inside of us and the promised covenant we received from God. We want what Jesus had. It is because of His birth, His journey on this earth, His death and most importantly His resurrection that we can now be transformed by the fruits of the Spirit… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. I was thrilled to find out that His truth for me is written inside of me. It is written on my heart; the word heart is not being used in the English sense as the place of feeling and emotion. The word heart in this verse is defined by the language used in Paul’s time…I like how heart is defined here much better; it is described as “the inmost self and center of the personality.”

The glory and the glow that we receive from this promise far exceeds what Moses received from God; do you want to know why? It is found in 2 Corinthians 3:17 – 4:1…”

https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/glowing-from-his-love-part-2/

“We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.” 2 Corinthians 1:12 

Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 1

Greetings (1:1-2)

Who is the sender of this letter? How does he identify himself? Why has he been appointed this? (Acts 18:1-5; 2 Cor. 1:19; 1 Cor. 1:1, 4:17, 16:10-11)

Which congregation is the recipient? How are they identified? What does “church mean? Who else is this addressed to?

What is the true source of grace and peace mean? (2) How can we receive them? (John 1:14-18)

The God of All Comfort (1:3-11)

To whom does Paul give praise? (3) Why is God referred to as the Father of Jesus? (Luke 1:34-37; Matt. 3:16-17, 17:5; John 17:24) How is God described here? How does God’s gift of comfort work in our lives of faith? (4)

What does it mean that “the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives”? (5; 1 Peter 4:12-17) What else overflows into our lives? What is one way that unity between Christ’s followers is manifested? (6-7)

As the gospel was preached in the Roman province of Asia what happened? (8) What is a reason Christians suffer as they preach the gospel? (9) What is true about God’s deliverance? (10) What happens when we pray “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? (11; Matt. 6:10)

Paul’s Plans Change (1:12-2:4)

In what did Paul and his companions boast? (12) How does God make it possible for us to also do that? How does Bible study help? (13) What is the day of the Lord Jesus? (14) How will our witness to unbelievers and service for the fellowship of believers be rewarded? (Matt. 16:27; 2 Tim. 4:6-8)

What plan did Paul seriously make? (15-17) What kind of decision must be made in regard to Jesus? (18-19) When God makes a promise what should our response be? (20)

What does it mean to “stand firm in Christ”? (21a) How does God enable us to stand firm? (21b-22) What is a deposit and how is the Spirit in our hearts one?

Since Paul knew the essence of the Christian faith how did he see his mission? (23-24)

“But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?” 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 2

How did this dictate his decision on visiting the Corinthian believers? (2:1-2) How did this dictate the content of 1 Corinthians? (3-4)

Forgiveness (2:5-2:11)

How did someone cause the Corinthian believer’s grief? (5; 1 Cor. 5:1) What kind of punishment had the unrepentant brother received? (6; 1 Cor. 5:5, 11)

What was the good response to the punishment? (7-8) What were they to do when he repented? How is this following Jesus’ example? (Matt. 6:12)

To whom was Paul hoping they be obedient to? (9; 10:5-6) How far did Paul trust their judgement and leadership within their congregation? (10) How was forgiving a repentant brother part of the spiritual battle? (11) What was and still is part of Satan’s schemes? (Zech. 3:1-4)

Minister of the New Covenant (2:12-3:6)

Where was Troas and why had Paul gone there? (12; Acts 16:6-10) Who was Titus? (13, 8:23; Gal. 2:1; Titus 1:4a) What is a good reason to thank God? (14) How often are we led this way even though at times we don’t feel like it? What is one of the great things he does for us? How does God see us? (15) What are the two ways people received the gospel we preach in word and action? (16)

Is preaching for profit new? (17) How should one preach the gospel?

“But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 3

What is the credentials that really matter in the kingdom of God? (3:1-3)

Where should our confidence and competence come from? (4-5) Who are the ministers per verse 6? What are we ministers of? What is a major difference between the old and the new covenant?

The Glory of the New Covenant (3:7-3:18)

How does the law bring death? (7; Rom. 7:7-13) What was one way that God displayed that the law was good? (Exodus 34:29-32) What does the new ministry give that the old covenant did not? (8-9)

How sure are we of the glory to come? (10-11) How should the hope of what is to come compel us in our ministry now? (12) What slowly happened after Moses came down the mountain with the law? (13)

What did Jesus do when he came in regard to the old covenant? (14-16) What does this practically mean to us? What does verse 17 mean? Does the glory come from within us? (18) What continual process is being done in true believers?

“Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up. We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:1-4

Study Questions for 2 Corinthians 4

The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus (4:1-6)

How is it that all Christian’s have their ministry? (1) What is the ministry that we have? (3:6) What are some reasons a person loses heart while serving in the ministry given by God and why shouldn’t we?

Why is this ministry given by God not a secret affair? (2) How is the clear preaching of the word of God linked to our ministry? What is the gospel? (3) Even though we preach the gospel clearly, what happens to some people? (Luke 8:11-12)

What is an “age”? (4) Why is the devil referred to as “the god of this age”? What is his objective and what are some ways he does this? How is Jesus described in verse 4?

Who is the focus of the ministers of the gospel? When did God say, “Let light shine out of darkness”? (6; Gen. 1:3; John 1:1-5, 9-10, 14) What knowledge turns out to be the light in a dark heart? How is Jesus the glory of God?

All-Surpassing Power From God (4:7-12)

How is our body described in verse 7? How does God giving us knowledge of his glory prove his power? How is God’s power manifested in our day-to-day life? (8-9)

How do Christians carry around in our body the death of Jesus? (10) And why? What else is revealed in our body?

How long do we carry around the death of Jesus? (11) How is this death linked to other’s life? (12; John 12:24-26)

I Believe, I Speak (4:13-18)

If we believe the gospel of Jesus Christ what will we do? (13) What hope is in the gospel? (14) What does it mean to be presented to God?

When some of the people hear the gospel what do they do? (15) With assurance in God’s promise of our future what should we do? (16) What two facts are true about Christians?

Do the troubles that Christian’s face happen by accident? Why then does God allow them to come into our life? Is it right to concentrate on our troubles? (18) What can be said of a person who professes Jesus and yet always complains to others about their troubles?

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