by Steve Breitbarth
Download a PDF of the Word One Bible Study for Pentecost 5B Epistle.
Text: 2 Cor. 8:1–9, 13–15 for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Series B
Participants will gain a greater understanding of what being a Christian means in their daily life.
Form groups of 8-12 people. Choose as leader the person who has the most pocket change with them.
Write the answers to the following questions on an index card:
- What are some occasions in which you receive gifts or presents?
- How do you feel when you receive a gift?
- What are some reasons why people give gifts?
- Discuss the reasons why it is easier for you to give a gift than to receive a gift?
LOOKING AT GOD’S WORD
- As a group, develop a list of words on newsprint that are used to describe someone who is poor.
- Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15.
- In what ways were the Macedonian Christians rich?
- Even though the church at Corinth struggled financially, Paul still describes them as being rich. In what ways were they considered to be rich?
- Describe how, as a Christian, you are considered to be rich.
- What did Titus and the Macedonian Christians do to bring some equality to the church at Corinth?
- What are the various ways you can bring riches or equality to someone who is spiritually poor?
- From memory, try to recite the First Commandment along with Martin Luther’s explanation.
- Explain how it is possible for a person to give themselves to the Lord. What does the First Commandment say about doing this?
REINFORCING WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED
- On newsprint, develop a list of various ways people give themselves to the Lord.
- Describe the ways in which you have given, or can give yourself first to the Lord.
The group leader is to close with a prayer concerning service to the Lord.
Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies 9, 1996.
Updated for youthESource in June 2015