Character: Week 1

Welcome!

I am so excited about this time for us to study the Lord’s word together and to develop our character to glorify the Lord.

Here is how we will work through this together:

I will be posting the study on mondays. You may either read your own book and prepare ahead or read the post online. Then, on your blog, or in the comments, write about the topic from that week: what the Lord is showing you, what you’ve learned about yourself from that week’s study etc.

I’ve tried to create a table that I can link to each of the participants. I’ve been unsuccessful at working the HTML code to look good… So, if you want me to link to your answer on your blog, tell me in the comments, and I will just do a listing of links on each post.

When you stop by and read someone else’s comments on the post, please be sure to leave a comment of encouragement. One of the goals of this study is to help each other along and fellowship with one another.

Also, I have linked to the scripture, if you do not have access to a bible. Just click on the scripture.

Begin each study in prayer. Ask the Lord to open your eyes and your heart to the message He is speaking.

So, let’s begin.

Week One: COURAGE
2 Corinthians 5:1-10

“Whenever I hear of someone showing courage instead of cowardice, I find myself saying , ‘That’s what I want to be like.’ I wish I had more courage. I do not want to be debilitated by fear or paralyzed by anxiety. I do not want to cave in under difficult circumstances and compromise my convictions or give up on difficult challenges. I do not want to be a coward; I want to be courageous. This is a biblical wish, for in 2 Timothy 1:7 Paul says, ‘God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power.’
But how do you become courageous? Do you make a wish? Say a prayer? Wave a wand?
You grow in courage when you face your crippling fears. Sometimes we think courageous people are born without fear. In actuality, courageous people are ordinary people like you and me who began at some point to face their fears rather than run from them.

Think of a time when you acted courageously. At the time, did you feel courageous?
In what situations do you find that you lack courage?
-in my marriage or family
-at work
-in prayer
-in my witness for Christ
-around certain people
-other
What are you most afraid of?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

1. What images and comparisons does this passage use to express the uncertainties of our earthly lives?
2. Why does the life described require courage?
3. On what certainties is our courage founded? (vv. 1, 5-7)
4. Verse 4 says that we “mortal” human beings, subject to death because of sin, will one day be “swallowed up by life” – taken fully into God’s undying eternal life. When you feel weak and inadequte, how are you reassured by the promise of sharing in God’s eternal life?
5. What encouragement do you find in this passage to face your uncertainties and fears?
6. How is the certainty of the future expressed in this passage both a comfort and a warning to us in the present?

Commit
-What are some specific fears which you have been running from rather than facing?
-Identify one action you need to take in order to face one of your fears, and decide when and how you will take that first step.

Talk to God openly about your fears, knowing that He cares. Ask to be made a person of courage.

I will return later today to write my thoughts on this. Right now, I am just making sure it is posted for those stopping by to get started.

Blessings,

~K

 

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  1. Karla, should we post our answers in comments?

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