CONNECT GROUP LESSON WEEK 2

Week 2 This week we will continue to study specific crowns named in the New Testament and ponder questions about the reward of crowns. 

Day 1 Crowns continued:

  1. The Crown of Glory

1The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.

Day 2   Crowns continued:

  • The Crown of Rejoicing

17But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. 18Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us. 19For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicingIs it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 20For you are our glory and joy.

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 In this passage people are spoken of as crowns. 

  • *What do you think makes someone else a “crown” for you?  _____________________________________________________________________
  • Could you already have some crowns of rejoicing? _____________   Who? ________ _____________________________________________________________________
  • Describe being an ambassador for Jesus Christ_______________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
  • Praying about your calling as a leader to disciple others—ensuring others grow in their faith—who are a few people who could be your [own] “crown of rejoicing?”  ___________________________________________________________________
  • Think of some next steps in those relationships?   
    • Step 1        Prayer
    • Step 2        _____________
    • Step 3        _____________

Day 3 Crowns continued:

  • *2 Tim. 4:8                        The Crown of Righteousness

6For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

  • *Who gets this crown and why?  __________________________________________
  • *What do you think the “righteousness” stand’s for in the crown of righteousness

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  • What does the passage mean by “that day?” ________________________________
  • How does prophecy provide substance/hope for this crown? _____________________________________________________________________       

It was within a few years, maybe months, that Paul was beheaded for his faith in Jesus Christ after he said this…

  • What trial are you having to persevere in now? ______________________________

The honor of receiving this crown should make it worth glorifying Jesus in our trials.

Day 4   Questions to ponder about the important study of crowns:

  • What is the reason an award or prize is offered in any normal human endeavor (e.g., a trophy for a winning little league baseball team, the Noble Peace Prize, or a Purple Heart)?    ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Why would it please God to honor one of His children with a royal honor? __________________________________________________________________________
  • What virtues does God honor? ________________________________________________  __________________________________________________________________________
  • *Can you think of something in your life now that the Lord would like to honor you for? Why? ______________________________________________________________________
  • *How does God measure faithfulness? ___________________________________________
  • Are any of the crowns we have looked at automatically given to all believers? _____________
  • Why wouldn’t all believers receive a crown? ______________________________________
  • What do you see as a consistent thread of criteria for receiving crown(s)? ______________
  • What is the connection between crowns and man’s appointment in the garden (Genesis 1:26,28; Psalm 8)? ___________________________________________________________
  • Who are those kings and where do they come from who are bringing “the glory of the nations” into the New Jerusalem as tribute in Revelation 21:24,26? __________________________________________________________________________
  • Why would they be so privileged?  ______________________________________________

Try to imagine what that role would be like in the eternal state.

Day 5   Conclusion in our study of Crowns:

*We have good reason to believe there are other crowns for other reasons/rewards; but the term “crown” is not stated specifically.   

  • Matthew 19:27-30 speaks of the twelve disciples ruling over the twelve tribes of Israel, but no crown is specifically mentioned.
    • Luke 19:11-27 speaks of faithful believers being given authority over specific cities, but here again, no crown is mentioned. 
    • 2 Timothy 2:12 speaks of reigning with Christ but no crowns are named. 
    • Revelation 2:26 mentions ruling with Jesus Christ in His kingdom—so authority granted is stated, but no crown is named.

*There may be thousands of different rewards, different crowns, and/or positions of honor for myriad other reasons; however, we will limit our study to what is specifically stated in Scripture.  

  • *Of the crowns we have looked at, what crown(s) would you aspire for and why? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • If Salvation is by grace, why the promise of crowns?  _______________________________        __________________________________________________________________________
  • What might be the motive of Jesus promising crowns? ______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
  • In our studies in church and the book of Revelation, we’ve spoken many times of the child of God being a “believer-priest.” 

First Peter 2:9 says our priesthood is a royal (basileious) priesthood.

Basileios Usage: courtiers, palaces, a body of kings, royal.

  • Last week we saw how God is redeeming a “kingdom of priests” (Revelation 5:10).       
  • In last year’s Connect Group study, we developed the concept of being “in Christ,” (cf. Romans 3:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:27-28; Ephesians 1:3; 2:6). ß this makes every believer in Christà ROYALTY!    
    • As part of God’s royal family (in Christ) we can see how Jesus as the King of kings anticipates coronating those most faithful to Him with honor when He comes (Revelation 22:12) to establish His kingdom on earth.

Keep running the race and fighting the good fight of faith.  Fix your eyes on Him, the author and finisher of your faith.  HE (and His glory) is worth the cross you are bearing! 

Your reward is coming in the clouds!

Seek to love His appearing!

Next week we will study the geopolitical environment Jesus inherits when He comes in glory to install His kingdom.