June 3, 2018

Weekly Scripture Reading:
This Week’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23-28

Click here to read 2 Corinthians 4:5-12

Click here to read Mark 2:23-28

Connection Points 6-3-18 (2 Corinthians 4:5-12 & Mark 2:23-28)

On a recent field trip my youngest son bought a geode at a gift shop. These beautiful natural creations look like an ordinary rock on the outside, but inside they are absolutely beautiful. As Christians we look like ordinary human beings on the outside, but inside we have something that is absolutely beautiful.  The “beautiful” on the inside is not something we produced or created.  The beauty within the believer is none other than the Light of the World – Jesus!  Our sins have been forgiven and now we have Jesus on the inside. We are jars of clay filled with the treasure of the Gospel.

To see the beauty of a geode it must be broken.  Through its brokenness, beauty is revealed.  We too are broken through the hardships of life, persecution, and even in the confession of our sin.  But through that brokenness, beauty is revealed.  A pastor friend once reminded me not to be afraid of my cracks.  After all, the cracks let Jesus shine through.

Connection Point Discussion Questions 6-3-18

  1. Read 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 and Mark 2:23-28)
  2. What jumped out at you from the readings this week?
  3. In what ways have living in a broken world and in a broken body impacted your life?
  4. In what ways has your own sin impacted your life?
  5. How has Jesus been revealed in your life through the difficult times (cracks of life)?
  6. Can you think of ways that others were blessed as Jesus used you even when you were dealing with difficult times?
  7. Jesus turns our darkness into light. How has Jesus been a light in your darkness?