Day 1: Read 2 Corinthians 4:13. Think of five beliefs you have that help clarify your faith in Jesus. How do such beliefs give you assurance in turbulent times?
Day 2: Read 2 Corinthians 4:13-14. One reason we're sometimes reluctant to witness is that we don't feel completely confident in our knowledge of the basics of our beliefs. Look at your life with God and what it was or what it might have been without Him. Share your story of the difference Jesus has made in your life and can make in someone else’s life too. If you don’t have anyone to share your story with, pray for God to provide the opportunity to tell someone about Jesus!
Day 3: Read 2 Corinthians 4:15. When have you witnessed something done that has led you to thank God and tell others about the overflow of His goodness? When have you done something that has led others to thank God and tell of His name?
Day 4: Read Psalm 130:7-8. Full Redemption – Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that paid for your life, for my life, for all lives, is the greatest act of suffering that leads us to give God glory. And yet, the end of the story is not the cross, but the empty tomb. What does the cross of Jesus mean to you? Why is it important to remember the empty tomb as well?
Day 5: Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-17. Everything we deal with day in and day out tempts us to focus on the temporary: money problems, health problems, relationship problems, and so on. But if we can look beyond these things, and focus instead on the presence of God, we can experience the renovating work of His Spirit. What causes you to lose heart? What helps keep your heart grounded in God during tough times? How can you share such solid hope with others?
Day 6: Read 2 Corinthians 4:18-5:1. Never underestimate the power of sharing Jesus’ love in your works and words with others. How has Jesus’ love been shared with you by somebody’s works or words? Whom might Jesus be calling you to share His with love through your works and words?
You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book: UnChristian - What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity … and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons.