Archive for January 2020

Topics for 01/28

2 Timothy 3:1-9

We have spoken several times recently about false teachers who accidentally stray into bad teaching. This week we talked about teachers with bad motives who purposefully oppose the truth.

  • What Biblical example can you find of a teacher who clearly opposes truth?
  • The teachers in 2 Timothy 3 were motived by selfishness/greed. What was the motivation for your example?
  • Did your example have their false teaching exposed by truth?
  • [EXTRA CREDIT] Write a four line poem about your false teacher.

Published on January 28, 2020 at 1:36 pm |

Topics for 01-21-2020

On Sunday we discussed Paul's admonition to Timothy to be a useful vessel (tool, instrument) that is ready for every opportunity.  Paul said we become useful as we cleanse ourselves from what is dishonorable.  He describes for Timothy what that cleansing looks like in verse 22: "So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace..."  We discussed a few things that Paul might have intended in this broad admonition.

  1. Can you find and example from Scripture or another source if necessary of something that would be considered a "youthful desire or passion"?
  2. Is the passing of time (maturing with age) the only way to overcome these youthful passions?
  3. What is an example of a foolish or ignorant controversy that one might be tempted to engage in, but would only likely result in a divisive quarrel?

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

On Sunday we discussed Paul's admonition to Timothy to be a useful vessel (tool, instrument) that is ready for every opportunity.  Paul said we become useful as we cleanse ourselves from what is dishonorable.  He describes for Timothy what that cleansing looks like in verse 22: "So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace..."  We discussed a few things that Paul might have intended in this broad admonition.

Published on January 20, 2020 at 6:07 pm |

Topics for 01-07-2020

On Sunday we discussed the continuation of Paul's admonition to Timothy to "be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (2:1).  He provided the foundation upon which we can stand firm as soldiers (2:4), compete as athletes (2:5), and work hard has farmers.  He gave Timothy these 5 foundations:

  1. Remember Jesus Christ.
  2. God's Word is not bound.
  3. Victory is certain.
  4. Promises of Triumph
  5. Warnings of unfaithfulness and unbelief

For Tuesday prepare to discuss the following questions:

  1. What is a possible strategy for keeping Christ at the forefront of your mind (Remembering Jesus Christ)?
  2. How does the doctrine of election impact the way you view your responsibility to share the gospel?  Why did Paul choose to include this doctrine in this particular context?
  3. How does Paul's discussion of our union with Christ in Romans 6:3-14 inform our understanding of the first line of Paul's "poem" to Timothy in verse 11 "If we have died with him, we will also live with him"?

Published on January 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm |

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