Archive for August 2019

Topics for 08/27/19

1 Timothy 3:14-16 speaks about the responsibility that a Christian has to live out the truth. We must be living pillars which support the truth. The three passages below also talk about a Christian's responsibility and how we interact with truth.

Using one or more of these passages (yes, you can use a different passage if you like), write a paragraph or a rough outline explaining our ideal response to the truth of Scripture.

EXTRA CREDIT: Paul gave a hymn of praise to the work of Jesus. Find such an example and be prepared to share, or

DOUBLE CREDIT: Write a bit of poetic verse yourself about the work of Jesus.

Published on August 27, 2019 at 3:13 am |

Topics for 8-13

In discussing the qualifications for a church leader in 1 Timothy 3:6-7 it says, He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

  1. Prepare to discuss one danger or the other: being a recent convert or having a bad reputation in the local community. 
    • Are there any other Scriptural warnings against these disqualifiers?
    • Are there any Biblical instances of a leader derailed by these issues?
  2. What is the danger the church faces from the devil (here and in other passages)?

Published on August 13, 2019 at 9:49 am |

Topics for 08-06-2019

On Sunday we talked about 1 Timothy 2:8-15.  Paul encouraged men everywhere to unite in prayer and leave behind their quarrels and divisions.  We then spent a good deal of time unpacking the background behind Paul's instructions to Timothy regarding a group of wealthy women in the church.  These women were using the worship service to display their wealth by the way they were dressing.  They also began participating in the dangerous Ephesian heresy and teaching it to others.  Paul's admonition to these women was to exercise restraint and self-control in how they were dressing and to stop teaching and focus on learning and listening.  A large part of this discussion was on the cultural impact and damage to the gospel that was brought about by the actions of these women.  Given this cultural background, we concluded that Paul's instructions to the Ephesian church through Timothy were not intended to be binding on all churches.

  1. What teaching roles are available to women in the church?  Are there other passages of Scripture we should consider along with our text?
  2. Can you think of another area where lack of cultural sensitivity could result in bringing damage to the gospel message?  Are there other examples of this kind of activity in the New Testament?

Published on August 6, 2019 at 5:00 am |