The world doesn’t need more Christians to culturally assimilate. It needs dedicated followers who are willing to permeate their families, cities and workplaces with the aroma of Christ. -Pastor Dave
Open: Describe a smell that reminds you of a specific moment in your life:
Read: 2 Corinthians 2; Matthew 16; Romans 8
1. Describe the situation in Corinth: Why was Paul’s “spirit not at rest” in spite of the open doors in Troas? How do we get so focused on our own situations that we can neglect the mission of God? How have you seen this true at times in your own life?
2. Even though there was amazing ministry happening in Troas, Paul gave thanks to God for the victory in Christ. How can remembering our victory in Christ help us cope with disappointments and setbacks? In what ways does Christ “always” lead us in victory? Why do so many Christians live in defeat instead of victory?
3. Paul finds encouragement in the fact that he serves as the diffuser for the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ. How do we as the church (and Christians specifically) diffuse the fragrance of Christ? Why does Paul change the word from “fragrance” to “aroma?” How is “aroma” used as a picture of sacrifice?
4. Describe the “triumphal procession”: In what ways does our lives in Christ bring about “life” to some and “death” to others? In what sense is knowing God fragrant to people who are open to God? In what way is this fragrance repugnant to people who are closed to God?
5. In what ways do your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family experience the aroma of Christ through you? What steps can you take to make sure you carry the aroma of Christ every day?
Pray: Pray that you would infuse your family, workplace and friendships with the aroma of Christ. Pray that we as a church would permeate this region with the gospel.
Memorize/Meditate: But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2:14