- When was a time that you experienced someone going out of their way – maybe even going to ‘great lengths’ – for your benefit?
- The first chapter of John’s gospel and Philippians 2:1-11 portray the ways that God went to great lengths through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Read those two passages of Scripture out loud and make a list of ways that God went to great lengths in Jesus Christ.
- As you reflect on that list, what does this tell you about what God is like?
- In his letters to the church of Corinth, Paul dealt with some challenges. In 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, he is responding to accusations about his weakness as an apostle. What is Paul’s ‘resume’ of going to great lengths? What else do you know about the extreme nature of his ministry work from other parts of Scripture?
- How do Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 6:3-13 put perspective on his sufferings mentioned in the previous question?
- As you read Romans 15:23-33, what would you say is Paul’s driving passion?
- When you pull together the last three Scripture passages we have read about the Apostle Paul, what sort of person would you describe him to be?
- Identify one practical way that you will respond to this study. Maybe you could reflect further on God’s great gift in Jesus. Perhaps you could spend further time considering the extremes that Paul faced for God. What would it mean for you to go to great lengths in your life as a response to God? Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.