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The best part of the good news about Jesus is that he rose from the dead. That means we can go to heaven when we die. But it means so much more: it means that heaven comes to us, and comes not when we die, but right now. It means we are God’s new creation. Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Corinthians 5:14–6:2 in “New Creation,” the concluding message in his series “News, Not Advice.”
Questions to Consider
OPEN: 1. What country in the world do you least want to see possess nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons? why? how could that country convince you it could be trusted with such weapons?
UNPACK: Read 2 Corinthians 5:14–6:2.
2. When Paul writes about “us” or “we” in this passage, is he describing only his personal ministry as an Apostle, or is he describing what it means for someone to be a follower of Christ? What are some arguments for each interpretation? (Consider vv. 18–20 for the “just Paul” meaning and vv. 14, 18, 21 for “every follower.”)
3. Verse 14 may mean the love Christ has for us, or the love we have for Christ, that urges us on. (The language can mean either interpretation equally well.) Which seems more accurate to you? Why?
4. How many times in this passage does Paul use the words “reconciled” or “reconciliation”? What does it mean to be reconciled to God?
5. Who goes first to bring about reconciliation? How?
6. Verse 17 can mean, “if someone is in Christ, he or she is a new creature,” but it can also mean “for someone in Christ, creation has become new.” Can both meanings be true? How?
APPLY: 7. How can it be hard for you to see God’s new creation? (v. 17)
8. To whom are Christians called to be ministers (literally “servants”) of reconciliation (v.18) as ambassadors of Christ (v.20)? How many of their names do you know? How can you serve them?
9. What are some things that make it difficult to be an ambassador of Christ? How is it easier: if everything in creation has become new? (v. 17) —if God no longer counts people’s false steps against them? (v. 19)