The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Ministry of Reconciliation
2 Corinthians 5:11 – 6:2
November 5, 2016
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. When have you seen someone change in a significant way?
  2. What about you is most difficult for your acquaintances to understand or accept?

Explore It

  1. Why did Paul try to persuade others to follow Christ? (5:11)
  2. Why was Paul concerned about justifying his ministry to the Christians at Corinth? (5:12)
  3. How were Paul’s opponents building themselves up at his expense? (5:12)
  4. What motivated Paul? (5:14)
  5. Why did Christ die for everyone? (5:15)
  6. How did Paul change the way he looked at people? (5:16)
  7. What is true about every person in Christ? (5:17)
  8. What happened when God sent His Son to earth? (5:18)
  9. What does God do with our sins when we are reconciled to Him? (5:19)
  10. How is a Christian an ambassador? (5:20)
  11. Why did Paul try to persuade the Corinthians to respond to God’s Word? (6:1)
  12. Why should we listen carefully to the message about Christ? (6:1-2)

Get It

  1. How do Christians sometimes take pride in ministries that give them attention and popularity?
  2. How is it possible for us to be motivated both by the fear of the Lord and Christ’s love?
  3. Why was it necessary for Christ to die in order for us to be reconciled to God?
  4. In what ways do people today receive the grace of God in vain?
  5. In what ways are all Christians new creations?
  6. For what other Christians are you concerned?
  7. How can you encourage your Christian friends to listen to God’s Word?
  8. How did God make His reconciliation with you?
  9. How can you personally be involved in the ministry of reconciliation?
  10. What difference does it make that Christians are counted as Christ’s ambassadors?
  11. Where is your ministry of reconciliation?
  12. To whom are you an ambassador?

Apply It

  1. What is one way you can represent Christ to your friends and coworkers this week?
  2. What Christian friend can you encourage to listen to God’s Word? How?

 Scripture Text for Lesson:

 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (NKJV)

 11  Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.
12  For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart.
13  For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
14  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;
15  and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16  Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
18  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
19  that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.