Archive for June 2019

topics for 07/02/19

Sunday, we talked about Timothy's responsibility to confront "certain people" who were wasting their teaching opportunities. There are multiple warnings in the New Testament about false teachers. Here are a few:

  1. What do these verses teach us about people who follow false teachers?
  2. What do false teachers have to gain?
  3. Where do false teachers come from?
  4. What is a believer’s responsibility concerning false teaching?

Published on June 30, 2019 at 7:05 pm |

Topics for 6-25-2019

On Sunday we introduced the book of 1 Timothy.  As a way of reminder, please try to spend 10 minutes reading through the book several times this week.  The theme we have chosen for the book is the process of the work of the gospel making us more like Christ.  We also considered 8 big ideas from the book:

  1. The gospel changes who you are and how you live.
  2. There is a direct connection between your belief and your behavior.
  3. Worldwide evangelization is essential and finds its root in the evangelistic nature of God.
  4. The Gospel changes how we conduct ourselves and that extends to corporate worship.
  5. Our church leaders should be people whose lives are shaped by the gospel.
  6. The relationships between members of the body of Christ should be characterized by mutual respect and honor.
  7. The world that God created is good and is to be appreciated but not worshipped.
  8. We should work hard to preserve the purity and integrity of the gospel.

With these things in mind, consider the following questions:

  1. What is the role of teaching in the local church?
  2. True or False: A pastor should preach the gospel every Sunday.  Explain your answer.
  3. What role does a teacher's life play in their teaching?
  4. Is false doctrine something that the church needs to be concerned about today?  Explain your answer.
  5. 1 Timothy talks about the qualifications of leaders, and broadly speaking they are characterized by people who live for God's pleasure and not their own.  How does a leader who lives for God's pleasure look different from a leader who does not?  What other things might these leaders be focused on?

Published on June 24, 2019 at 6:28 pm |

Topics for 6/9/2019

Proverbs 30:18-19   18 Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand:  19 the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a virgin.

Proverbs 30:21-23  21 Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up:  22 a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is filled with food;  23 an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress.

Proverbs 30:29-31   29 Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride:  30 the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any;  31 the strutting rooster, the he-goat, and a king whose army is with him.

There were three passages from Sunday that we either did not cover or covered only briefly.  They are admittedly difficult passages to interpret.

  1. Choose one of the three passages and write down at least one possible interpretation.
  2. What are some interpretive techniques and external resources that you used to aid in studying and interpreting your passage.  If possible, bring them with you.

Published on June 10, 2019 at 2:02 am |

Topics for 06/04/2019

There were many proud people in the Bible. Choose one of these and explain how they should have acted or reacted differently. (Bonus points if you tie your answer to one of the *three points from Sunday’s message).

  • King Saul
  • Nebuchadnezzar
  • James and John
  • Pharisee Saul
  • Rich young ruler

*Here you go

  1. Consider the size of your pond.
  2. Reset your standard.
  3. Find peace and contentment.

Published on June 4, 2019 at 9:56 am |