Introduction / Review:
Def: great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.
Romans 12:11 - Do not be slothful in zeal...
Romans 9:1-3 – I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
Exodus 32:32 - But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.
Why I Am Fired Up to Share Christ (2 Cor 5:14-21):
- I am Controlled by Jesus' love. (2 Cor 5:14-15)
- I see people as Spiritual beings. (2 Cor 5:16-17)
- I Represent God to people! (2 Cor 5:18-20)
- I have a Life-Changing message! (2 Cor 5:21)
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Small Group Discussion
Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21
1 - On a scale of 1-10, rate your zeal for Christ (1 = no zeal, 10 = on fire sharing Christ with everyone). How can you score a higher rating?
2 - How do you recognize a “red apple”? How can you start a conversation with them about Jesus Christ?
3 - Explain the Gospel using 2 Cor 5:21. Could you explain that to someone who needs to hear it?
Pray for: zeal, ability to spot “red apples”, and boldness to share Christ!