Sunday, May 5th 2019
A Holy Calling – A Study of 2nd Timothy
Paul had labored in church planting for many years. One of his young protege’s was a man named Timothy. In this letter, you will see a love for this younger man in the faith. You will see the tenderness of a loving spiritual father as he encourages Timothy while at the same time gives him stern reminders and instructions. At it’s core, this letter is all about discipleship. The key to the kingdom lies in those more mature in the faith taking responsibility for those who are less mature ultimately for their mutual benefit and furthering the missional calling of the church.
Best Practices for Missional Community Bible Study Facilitation
-As you begin each study, pray that God will speak to you through his Word.
-Listen attentively to other members. Encourage only Bible reading from phones during the study.
-Work to include everyone’s voice by asking follow-up questions, restating what you heard someone say, and asking for more details to thoughts given by group members.
-It is often helpful for someone to take notes of the discussion and send them out afterwards to reinforce key learnings from the study.
-Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.
- What does this scripture communicate about the heart of God?
- What does it teach us about ourselves?
- Does it challenge our thinking/beliefs in a new way?
Sermon Specific Questions: Read 2 Tim 1:8-18 Consider how suffering is a part of following Jesus as his disciple. Be transparent about where you struggle with this facet of Christian life and pray for one another.
- In what way is the crucifixion mocked today?
- Who among your acquaintances or family has expressed antipathy toward the gospel? What is that person’s underlying philosophy behind the rejection?
- What situations have you encountered in the last month where it has been difficult or unpopular to take a Christian stance?
- How does the fear of suffering affect your intention to speak the gospel boldly?
- How would you express the “pattern” or outline of the gospel in three short sentences?