It’s easy for us to become consumed with what happens to us and around us. We spend so much time and energy on managing our circumstances that we begin to think those circumstances define us. After thinking this way for a while, we eventually believe that those old parts of us can never change. But God paints a different picture in the Bible. In this message, we’ll see what God has to say about how those old things can and should pass away because He has new things for us in Christ!

Discussion Questions

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. How does the fact that this is at least Paul’s fourth letter to this church change the way you read this passage?

What does regeneration as a new creation in Christ look like in your life?

How are you practicing the ministry of reconciliation? How should you be practicing it?

What does it mean for you to become the righteousness of God in Christ?

What difference will it make if you see people through the lens of the gospel?

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