July 1: Sunday Scriptures and Sermon Questions

Treasure in Jars of Clay: A Series on 2 Corinthians

July 1: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: 2 Cor 8:1-15

The Corinthian correspondence was written to a people in crisis. Paul had originally preached the gospel to the Corinthians, but they had succumbed to factionalism, with ‘heart divisions’ (one very appropriate way to translate the Greek word that has historically been translated ‘schism’) ripping apart the body of Christ. These heart divisions tore the body itself apart and led them to doubt Paul’s efficacy as an apostle. 2 Corinthians is Paul’s spirited defense of his ministry to the Corinthians, which he strikingly casts as an illustration of the ‘power of the cross’, which he had already proclaimed to them ‘as of first importance’ (1 Cor. 15:3). Anyone concerned about our present ‘heart divisions’ in the church should want to hear about how the apostle Paul’s ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:11-21) and how it formed hearts and minds in ancient Corinth and can do so again in our midst.

June 24: Sunday Scriptures and Sermon Questions

Treasure in Jars of Clay: A Series on 2 Corinthians

June 24, Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: 2 Cor 5:14-21

The Corinthian correspondence was written to a people in crisis. Paul had originally preached the gospel to the Corinthians, but they had succumbed to factionalism, with ‘heart divisions’ (one very appropriate way to translate the Greek word that has historically been translated ‘schism’) ripping apart the body of Christ. These heart divisions tore the body itself apart and led them to doubt Paul’s efficacy as an apostle. 2 Corinthians is Paul’s spirited defense of his ministry to the Corinthians, which he strikingly casts as an illustration of the ‘power of the cross’, which he had already proclaimed to them ‘as of first importance’ (1 Cor. 15:3). Anyone concerned about our present ‘heart divisions’ in the church should want to hear about how the apostle Paul’s ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:11-21) and how it formed hearts and minds in ancient Corinth and can do so again in our midst.

June 17: Sunday Scriptures and Sermon Questions

Treasure in Jars of Clay: A Series on 2 Corinthians

June 17, Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: 2 Cor 5:1-10

The Corinthian correspondence was written to a people in crisis. Paul had originally preached the gospel to the Corinthians, but they had succumbed to factionalism, with ‘heart divisions’ (one very appropriate way to translate the Greek word that has historically been translated ‘schism’) ripping apart the body of Christ. These heart divisions tore the body itself apart and led them to doubt Paul’s efficacy as an apostle. 2 Corinthians is Paul’s spirited defense of his ministry to the Corinthians, which he strikingly casts as an illustration of the ‘power of the cross’, which he had already proclaimed to them ‘as of first importance’ (1 Cor. 15:3). Anyone concerned about our present ‘heart divisions’ in the church should want to hear about how the apostle Paul’s ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:11-21) and how it formed hearts and minds in ancient Corinth and can do so again in our midst.

Sermon questions:

1) What difference does the bodily resurrection make in the way you understand your own life? In the way you understand your own body?

2) Tish says that she didn’t think about heaven as an earthy place with bodies until she was an adult. What has been your understanding of heaven and has it changed over time?

3) Tish said that three implications of the bodily resurrection were a) comfort in death; b) the affirmation of the goodness of our bodies now; c) the importance of what we do with our bodies now. Discuss each of these three consequences and describe what difference it might make in your life if you were to live in light of this hope.

4) What do you think the implications of the bodily resurrection are for current issues that require justice and mercy – how we treat bodies on earth?

June 10: Sunday Scriptures and Sermon Questions

Treasure in Jars of Clay: A Series on 2 Corinthians

June 10, Third Sunday after Pentecost: 2 Cor 4:13-18

The Corinthian correspondence was written to a people in crisis. Paul had originally preached the gospel to the Corinthians, but they had succumbed to factionalism, with ‘heart divisions’ (one very appropriate way to translate the Greek word that has historically been translated ‘schism’) ripping apart the body of Christ. These heart divisions tore the body itself apart and led them to doubt Paul’s efficacy as an apostle. 2 Corinthians is Paul’s spirited defense of his ministry to the Corinthians, which he strikingly casts as an illustration of the ‘power of the cross’, which he had already proclaimed to them ‘as of first importance’ (1 Cor. 15:3). Anyone concerned about our present ‘heart divisions’ in the church should want to hear about how the apostle Paul’s ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:11-21) and how it formed hearts and minds in ancient Corinth and can do so again in our midst.

 

Sermon Questions:

1. In 2 Corinthians 4:13 Paul quotes verse 10 of Psalm 116 (it may look different in most of your Bibles because Paul is actually quoting from the Greek version of the Old Testament rather than the Hebrew version). The verse says “I believed and therefore I spoke” – or,  “I remained faithful, therefore I spoke.” Read over all of Psalm 116. The Psalm is written by someone who is has been in deep trouble. What is the Psalmist’s situation at the time of writing?

2. How does the situation of Psalm 116 fit in with Paul’s situation?  What troubles has Paul seen? What is his stance in the midst of his problems?

3. How does Paul’s faith in the resurrection of Jesus (v.14) and “things that are unseen” (v.18) help him to cope with “things that are seen”?

4. Have you been tempted to lose heart? How have you seen God sustain you?

June 3: Sunday Scriptures and Sermon Questions

Treasure in Jars of Clay: A Series on 2 Corinthians

June 3, Second Sunday after Pentecost: 2 Cor 4:1-12

The Corinthian correspondence was written to a people in crisis. Paul had originally preached the gospel to the Corinthians, but they had succumbed to factionalism, with ‘heart divisions’ (one very appropriate way to translate the Greek word that has historically been translated ‘schism’) ripping apart the body of Christ. These heart divisions tore the body itself apart and led them to doubt Paul’s efficacy as an apostle. 2 Corinthians is Paul’s spirited defense of his ministry to the Corinthians, which he strikingly casts as an illustration of the ‘power of the cross’, which he had already proclaimed to them ‘as of first importance’ (1 Cor. 15:3). Anyone concerned about our present ‘heart divisions’ in the church should want to hear about how the apostle Paul’s ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:11-21) and how it formed hearts and minds in ancient Corinth and can do so again in our midst.

Sermon Questions:

  1.  A clay vessel must be strengthened and beautified by fire.  What, if any, connection do you see between this firing and the tongues of fire at Pentecost?
  2. Nature declares the glory of God (Ps. 19:1-4).  What in Nature speaks to you of God’s glory?
  3. If plastic had existed in Bible times,  would Paul refer to us as “plastic bottles”?  Why or why not?
  4. (a) Where do you personally seek to see the face of Jesus? (b) Cite a gospel passage in which a reader might see the face of Jesus.

8:30am Women’s Breakfast

Have you suffered loss in your life? A loved one? A job? Your health or well-being? How are we best positioned to cope with the losses we encounter? What does this journey look like as a Christian?  Marilyn Chislaghi, Director of Ministry at Ascension, will share her own personal story of loss as well as her journey through grief and recovery. At the conclusion of the morning, there will be time for table discussion among friends.

All women of Ascension (and their friends) are warmly invited. A hot, catered breakfast will be served at 8:30am. The charge is $10 (scholarship available). Childcare will be provided at no additional cost. To register, please complete the registration form available here. Mark your calendars and plan on coming!

11am Kairos Prison Ministry Luncheon

Kairos Prison Ministry of Pennsylvania cordially invites you to attend a Meet & Greet Luncheon to introduce you to our ministry programs that support the incarcerated inside prisons and their families outside the prison walls. For more information on Kairos Prison Ministries, please visit www.kairosprisonministry.org or have a chat with Ron and Judy Yadrick. To RSVP for the luncheon email cmenow47@hotmail.com.

7:30pm Handbell Concert

 

Join us for a concert given by one of America’s premier youth handbell choirs. The Bells of Christ Church hails from historic Christ Church Anglican (est. 1733) in downtown Savannah, Georgia. This exceptional bell choir will be performing their summer touring concert at Ascension on Friday, June 8 at 7:30pm. All welcome

June 10: 10am Combined Worship Service & BBQ on the Lawn

Join us as we launch summer at Ascension. We plan to bookend the weeks of summer with a couple of special Sundays. On Sundays June 10 and August 26, we will have one worship service at 10am followed by a BBQ on the lawn. Plan on coming, bring a side dish and invite a friend!

6:30pm SAMS Meeting (Society of Anglican Missionaries & Senders)


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