March

March 1st – 2 Corinthians 1:12-2:4

How does Paul describe how he conducts himself in this passage? (v12) What would it look like for you to live a life committed to holiness and sincerity like Paul here? Which do you find more difficult, sincerity or holiness, and why?

What does Paul have to say about the message they have preached? Why can we trust Paul’s message about Jesus according to this passage?

Why did Paul decide not to make another visit to Corinth and write a letter instead? What seems to be the motive behind this decision? Have you ever had to write a difficult letter with tears to someone you loved? What effect did it have?

March 2nd – 2 Corinthians 2:5-11

What punishment might Paul be referring to in verse 6? (See also Matt 18:15-17)           

Why does Paul urge them to forgive and comfort the one who has sinned? (v7) How does it make you feel when someone forgives and comforts you after you have sinned? Why is this sometimes very hard to do?

How does forgiving others prevent us from being outwitted by Satan? What might be the schemes of the evil one that Paul says we are not unaware of in verse 11?

March 3rd – 2 Corinthians 2:12-3:6

How does God spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Him through you? In your family? With your coworkers? With your neighbors and friends?

What does it mean that we are the smell of death to the perishing? What does it means that we are the fragrance of life to those who are being saved?

Where does Paul’s sense of competence in ministry come from? How might this be an encouragement to you to be a witness for Jesus when you are scared about doing so?

March 4th Psalm 9

The Psalmist commits to telling others about the wonders of God, what are your favorite ‘wonders’ of God that you can tell others about today?

What promises do you see in this Psalm? Which one is the most meaningful to you? Why?

What does this Psalm describe as God’s response to the wicked? Have you ever praised God for his justice? How does knowing that God will ultimately met out true justice help us live in a world when justice is often perverted?

March 5th – 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

What is the hope that Paul makes reference to in verse 12? What is the effect of that hope on Paul’s witness? Describe your hope based on the Gospel and the effect it has on your witness?

How are you being transformed into the likeness of Jesus? List some specific ways that God is changing your heart and mind to be more like his.

March 6th – 2 Corinthians 4

                Who is the ‘god of this age’ referenced in verse 4? What does it mean that he is blinding the minds of   unbelievers? What are the implications of this for how we share Christ with them?

                In what ways have you experienced the hard things discussed in verse 8-9 in your Christian life? Hard-pressed? Perplexed? Persecuted? Stuck down? What hope is given in these verses for us?

                 According to this passage, why ought we not lose heart in our following of Christ no matter what? What does it mean to live with our eyes fixed on what is unseen and not on what is seen?

March 7th 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

                What is the tent Paul refers to in verse 1? What about the building from God? Describe the difference between the two.

                What is the purpose God has made us for? What is it that the Spirit we have been given guarantees us?

                How do you react to verse 10? Does this scare you? How might this verse motivate you to live more obediently in order to please God?

March 8th – 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:2

                What are some things that Christ’s love has compelled you to do?

                As you honestly look at your life are you living for yourself, or for Christ who died for you and was raised               again? What would it look like to start living for Christ in the areas of your life where you are currently living for yourselves?

                What is meant by the ministry of reconciliation that God has entrusted to us? Who might God want to make his appeal to through you? Are you willing to be his ambassador?

March 9th – 2 Corinthians 6:3-13

                What are you willing to endure to faithfully be a servant of God? What have you had to endure to be faithful to God in the past?

                Paul describes himself as poor yet making many rich, how is this possible what does he mean? He also describes himself as having nothing and yet possessing everything, what does he mean by this?

March 10th – 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

                What does Paul mean when he commands us to not be yolked together with unbelievers? What reasons does he give for this command?

                This passage is often applied to marriage which is valid, but what other areas of our lives might this command apply as well?

                Paul urges us to purify ourselves from everything that contaminates our bodies and our Spirit.              What are some things that contaminate our bodies? What are comes things that contaminate our spirits?

March 11th – Psalm 10

                Have you ever felt like the Psalmist does in verse 1, that God is far off and hidden in times of trouble? Describe that time?

                How do you see our world fitting the description of the wicked man given here? Are there any of these descriptions that describe you more than you would like to admit?

                How is God described in this Psalm? How is that description helpful to the feelings expressed in the first verse? Which of the descriptions is the most meaningful to you and why?

March 12th – 2 Corinthians 7:2-16

                Paul describes his great love for the Corinthian church and their love for him, what kind of love do you have for people of the church? What kind of love have they expressed to you? Give examples.

                Paul describes godly sorrow that lead to repentance in the lives of the church, when have you                   experienced this kind of sorrow that lead to repentance? Who has God used in your life to speak the truth to you even when it is hard to hear leading to this godly sorrow and repentance?

                What might be some things that the church did to/for Titus that refreshed him? Is there another believer whom you can refresh in some way? How can you do it?

March 13th – 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:5

                What does rich generosity look like for someone in extreme poverty?(v2) Why did the Macedonian church give beyond their ability? Have you ever given beyond your ability, why, why not?

                What would it look like in your life to excel in the grace of giving? Do you give regularly to the Lord’s work? Do you see giving to the Lord’s work as a responsibility or a privilege? Why?

                How did Jesus become poor for our sakes? How did this make us rich? What can we learn from Jesus example?

March 14th – 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

                What does it look like to sow sparingly? Reap Sparingly? What about sowing generously? Reaping generously? What is the correlation between generosity and God’s blessing?

                How should we give according to this passage? Does this describe you? How would God describe your giving and your attitude as you give?

                What are we told God will do in verse 10-11? What is the purpose of making us rich in every way in verse 11? What is the intended result of our generosity?

March 15th – 2 Corinthians 10

                How does Paul describe how he is different from the world? What are his weapons that he refers to? What are they capable of doing?

                Paul talks about taking captive every thought and making it obedient to Christ, what does he mean by this? What thoughts might you struggle with that you need to make obedient to Christ?

                Do you seek to commend yourself for the things that you have done or plan to do, or do you seek the commendation of God? What is the difference? Which is better according to verse 18.

March 16th – 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

What was Paul was concerned about the Church in Corinth being led astray by? Do we see any of these things threatening to lead Christians astray today? Describe them.

How does Paul describe false teachers in this passage? How does Paul describe Satan? What does this description teach us about Satan?

March 17th – 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

                What suffering has Paul had to endure for Christ? What suffering have you had to endure for Christ? What would you be willing to suffer for Christ? Why do you think that?

                What does Paul say that he will boast about in verse 30? What do we usually do with the things that show our weaknesses? What does it say about Paul that he would not only share these things but boast about them?

March 18th – Psalm 11

                What advice is the Psalmist responding to that is described in verse 1b-3? Have you ever felt this way? Interacted with someone who felt this way?

                The Psalmist explains why he takes refuge in the Lord in verses 4-7, put this in your own words.

                How is God described in this Psalm? Spend some time reflecting on these attributes of God and worship him for them.

March 19th – 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

                What reason does Paul give for refraining from boasting about things that are true about himself? (v6) Do you ever find yourself wanting people to think more highly about you than you really deserve? Why do we so often do this?

                Why was Paul given a thorn in his flesh? What keeps you humble? How did God respond to Paul’s prayers to remove it? What does this teach us about God?

                In what ways have you experienced God’s strength in your weakness? Does this change the way you think about your weakness? If so how?

  March 20th – 2 Corinthians 12:11-21

How would you explain Paul’s view of himself in verse 11 in your own words? How do you view yourself and your importance? On what do you base this view of yourself?

What did Paul fear he would find in the church when he visited? (20-21) Which of these have you struggled with? What would Paul find if he visited our church?

March 21st – 2 Corinthians 13

How does one test themselves to see whether they are in the faith as verse 5 commands? If we pass the test what does that mean? What about if we fail?

For what purpose did God give Paul authority over the church? What does this teach us about authority of church leaders? What is meant by building you up?

In his conclusion Paul urges the Corinthians to aim for perfection, what does he mean by that? What would it look like for you to aim for perfection? What does he mean by “be of one mind?”

March 22nd – Proverbs 1:1-19

                Which of the purposes listed for the Proverbs appeals to you the most? Why?

What is meant by “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge?” What does the fool despise? Is there any area of your life where you behave like the fool?

                What sort of sinners entice you, where is your heart tempted most? What is the result of the wicked acts of the men described in v11-16?

March 23rd – Proverbs 1:20-33

                What is the result of people rejecting wisdom? Can you think of a time that you rejected wisdom? How did things turn out?

                In verses 28 and following wisdom does not respond to those calling to her? Why do you think that is? What should this motivate us to do?

                Describe what is meant by the complacency of fools in verse 32. Are there areas of your life where you have experienced complacency?

March 24th – Proverbs 2

                What does it mean to look for wisdom and understanding as for silver or hidden treasure? Do you look for wisdom in this way? What does verse 5 say is the result of such earnest seeking?

                Which is the word pictures describing God is the most meaningful to you in this passage? Why?

                What will wisdom save us from? How might wisdom save us from these things? Can you think of a time when heeding biblical wisdom saved you from a snare of the evil one?

March 25th – Psalm 12

                What is the Psalmist feeling about the condition of the world? Have you felt this way about our world? Why, why not, what observations make you feel this way?

                What causes the Lord to rise up and act? (v5) What does this teach us about the heart of our God? What might this rising up of the Lord look like?

                How does verse 8 describe our world today? What promise comes in verse 7? How does this promise change your outlook/perspective on our increasingly wicked world?

March 26th – Proverbs 3

                Why is it hard for us to trust in the Lord instead of leaning on our own understanding? What promise are we given when we acknowledge God in everything we do? Is there an area of your life where you struggle to trust God in? Why do you think that particular area is so hard?

                We are told to honor the Lord with our wealth, how can we do that? What promise follows this command? Have you experienced the blessings of God in this way? If so how?

                If we live according to sound judgement and discernment according to verse 21-26 what are eh benefits? How might we learn how to live this way? Give some examples.

March 27th – Proverbs 4

                What are the things that wisdom will do for you according to verses 6-9? How does wisdom do these things in our lives? Which if these things do you desire most? Why?

                What warning is given in verses 14-17? Are there any ways in which your life resembles the lives of wicked men? If so how? Are there any ways you have turned away from wise council you have received from fellow Christians? If so why?

                What are we to guard above all else? Why is this so important? What do you know that you need to guard your heart from? What would your spouse say that you need to guard your heart from?

March 28th – Proverbs 5

                How is the adulteress described in this passage? How is sexual immorality of various kinds like the adulteress described here?

                What concrete steps can you take in your life to “keep to a path far from sexual immorality in our world today? How is the one who gives in to the adulteress (sexual immorality) described at the end of his life?

                What is meant by the figurative language in verses 15-17? (verse 18-19 might help) Sexual sin is often hidden from others, but who sees everything we do? How might this fact motivate us to live righteous lives?

March 29th – Proverbs 6

                What is the lesson we are to learn from the ant? Are there any areas of your life where you are like the sluggard? What does this passage say is the result of laziness?

                What are the 7 things that are detestable to God? Do you struggle with any of these things? What is the significance of the fact that lying is mentioned twice in this list?

                What is meant by the word pictures in verses 27-29? What is the difference between a thief who steals to fulfill a desire and the adulterer who sins to fulfill a desire? (v30-35)

  March 30th – Proverbs 7

¨ In what ways are we lured into sexual sin in our world today like the adulteress lured the young man in this chapter? Give examples? What can keep us from the adulteress according to this passage?

¨ What lies does the adulteress want the young man to believe so that he will follow her? How can we spot the lies of the evil one in our lives? What lies are you tempted to believe?

¨ After the young man decides to follow her what word pictures are used to describe him? What does giving in to this type of sexual temptation lead to?

March 31st – Proverbs 8

¨ What comes with the fear of the Lord? Does this describe you? Is there any sin in your life that you do not hate? Why do you think that is?

¨ What is promised to come with wisdom in verses 18-21? How is this different from gold and silver? What do you think this will look like?

¨ In what ways have you seen God’s blessing in your life when you have lived by Godly wisdom? What happens to those who find wisdom? What happens to those who do not?