David C Cook COVID-19 Response


An Eternal Hope

Lesson 13 


Summer 2021


By: RLD Editorial Team 


August 29, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Fulfill your purpose here until God calls you home.

Bible Basis:

2 Corinthians 4:16–5:10

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Fulfill your purpose here until God calls you home.

These videos and materials are for your personal use.
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Music Video, Traditional: “Kumbaya, My Lord”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Ruins” by Mandisa
Music Video, Contemporary: “Need You Now” by Plumb
Guzik’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 4 and 1 Corinthians 5
Adam Clarke’s Commentary on 1 Corinthians 4 and 1 Corinthians 5
Pulpit Commentary on 1 Corinthians 4 and 1 Corinthians 5


Memory Verse:

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
—2 Corinthians 5:1

Step 1

Materials Needed:

  • None

Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS) is a non-profit organization based in New Haven, Connecticut. They help refugee families find housing, jobs, and support. With the American withdrawal from Afghanistan this month, IRIS is seeking to help a large influx of Afghan refugee families, often receiving only 24 hours’ notice before a family arrives. The organization’s leaders are calling for temporary housing—like unoccupied apartments or vacation homes—to be made available for these families. “Receiving families on short notice when we’re already at full tilt because of the pandemic operations, it’s really stretched our budget,” said Ann O’Brien, director of community engagement at IRIS. Meanwhile, the families long for a permanent dwelling too. “As of right now,” O’Brien said, “the housing market is so tight that it takes us two weeks to find permanent housing that they can afford, so we’re incurring hotel costs, which is why we’re looking for temporary housing.”

In today’s passage, Paul was thinking of leaving his temporary home behind to move into eternal dwellings. He knew his time on earth, in the earthly dwelling of his body, would someday come to an end. He longed to cast off his physical body and clothe himself with his permanent dwelling—in his permanent home. But he knew he had work to do here until that day, and he was determined to be faithful to his Lord.


  • What would be your hopes if your family needed to flee from your home country?
  • How eagerly do you share Paul’s desire to leave this life and put on eternity?
  • How do you seek to be pleasing to the Lord while you are still in the temporary housing of this life?

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Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

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