Archive for October 2019

Topics for 10-29-2019

On Sunday we moved quickly through the virtue list in verse 11: "pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness."  Choose one of these characteristics, find a verse that speaks about the topic, and come up with an idea about why it might be important for Paul to include in this final charge to Timothy.

The prayer (doxology) found in verses 15-16 extols several virtues about God's character as the "blessed and only Sovereign". Paul combines phrases and allusions from the OT ("Lord of Lords", "dwells in unapproachable light", "no one has ever seen or can see") along with ideas borrowed from the "current" social and political context ("King of Kings" and "Immortality").  Can you think of a way that we can decode the symbols of our current context in order to deliver a message about God and the gospel that is filled with hope?

Published on October 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm |

Topics - 10-15-2019

On Sunday we studied the final admonition regarding false teaching in the book of 1 Timothy (the other two are 1 Timothy 1:3-7 and 1 Timothy 4:1-5). Paul tells Timothy that there will be teachers who do not hold to sound teaching or teaching that "accords with godliness" (promotes godliness).  The major result of this kind of teaching was damaged relationships ("...envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction..."), and the major admonition we discussed was the need to examine all of the teaching that we encounter each day through the filter of "that which accords with godliness".

  1. Think of a time recently where examining a source of teaching (book, article, sermon, facebook post, podcast, instagram story, etc.) caused you to discard part or all of the teaching.  Be prepared to discuss your thought process here.
  2. What is your answer to the question posed Sunday? "What is an area of outside influence that is a potential (perhaps unexpected) channel of false teaching into the believer's life?"
  3. Considering all three of the passages in the book on 1 Timothy (listed above), write a brief description of what they are like (think: wanted poster style).

Published on October 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm |

Topics for 10/8

Sunday, we talked about people who lived "under the yoke," and we discussed how Paul sought to rescue Onesimus from oppression.

Think of a hero from the Bible who worked to free someone from an oppressive situation. This could be from:

  • captivity
  • debt
  • demonic activity
  • sickness
  • any other

Tell what the hero's motivation was and what it could have cost him/her.

Published on October 7, 2019 at 11:36 pm |