2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (NIV)
Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
CG Discussion Points
- What does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ? What is the heart of God towards those who are lost? What is God’s plan to reach the lost and how are we involve in this work? (2 Cor 5:11-21)
- Explain the different levels of “Type B” Unbelievers and how you should approach them. How can you share your personal testimonies on your conversion more effectively or apply friendship evangelism more practically? Take time to prepare your testimony and practice it by sharing with the cell members.
- Explain the Gospel of salvation and what the Sinner’s Prayer means using the “JOHN 3:16 scratch card” illustration with the cell members. Who among your circle of influence belong to “Type A” unbelievers that you can share the Gospel to?