2 Timothy 4:9-22
May 21, 2019 • Erin Morris
As Paul pens his final words to his friend, Timothy, he provides us with words that remind us to continue to fight the fight even when things are difficult. At times we may be wronged, but we must turn them over to the Lord and allow Him to repay them as He sees fit. Above all, we are not ashamed of the Gospel and we are prepared to carry it to any place God calls us. Join us for our final segment of 2 Timothy. Discussion Questions: 1. When we are wronged what does the Bible tell us to do? (Rom 12:17-21). Why is that hard? What can we think about or do to help us be godly when people wrong us? 2.In what ways are we tempted to follow the world instead of Christ? How are we tempted to prioritize our own comforts over obedience? 3.What makes it hard to remain obedient in difficult times? Why is it important that we do so? 4.Paul was willing to take the Gospel into Nero’s court. How can we be bold witnesses for Christ in areas where that may be difficult? Would you be willing to do the same?
2 Timothy 3:10-17
May 7, 2019 • Lisa McGill
During his life, Paul endured many trials and leaves us his example on how to deal with them when they come. Trials are often meant to strengthen us and even as we fight through them, we do not fight alone. God fights for us and gives us wisdom every step of the way. We should use our lives, even in trial, to convince other people that there is a God who loves them. What has convinced you of that fact and who are you convincing? Are you using your trials for His glory or are you wasting them? Discussion Questions: 1. Have you experienced trials in your life that God has rescued you from? Or are you currently waiting to be rescued? 2. Were you persecuted or mocked for your faith during these trials? Or can you tell of a time you were persecuted or mocked for your faith? 3. During your trials, how do you respond? Do you cling to truth/Jesus? Or do you often fall victim to worldly solutions? If so, how? 4. What experiences or people have helped convinced you of God’s power? 5. Are you training others in righteousness? Are you using scripture (the God-breathed bible) to teach, help, and/or uplift others?
2 Timothy 3:1-9
April 30, 2019 • Diane Clift
In this section of 2 Timothy, Paul talks about people who outwardly look godly, but aren't godly inside. How can we be sure that we don't just have the appearance of godliness, but we acutally bear real fruit as believers in Christ? Paul also warns to be on guard against those who would seek to deceive us by twisting the truth. What things help us discern what is true? How can we be sure we won't be led astray? Join us as we continue our study of 2 Timothy and learn the answers to those questions and more. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: · Where do you see “difficult times” these days? · How are you FIGHTING THE FIGHT? · What does “godliness” look like to you? · Do you think people would look at you and know you are a follower of Jesus Christ? · How are you sharpening your weapons? Do you have a plan? Do you meet with anyone on a regular basis to discuss how God is working in your life?
2 Timothy 2:17-25
April 23, 2019 • Paula Thorp
Many of us want to be used of the Lord. How can we prepare ourselves to be useful to Him? What things prevent us from being useful to the Master? God can use anyone, but we must first be empty of some things and full of other things. Join us for this section of 2 Timothy and learn what it means to be a useable vessel for the Lord's service. Discussion Questions: 1. How would someone go from being a vessel of dishonor to a vessel that can be used for honor? 2. Read 2 Timothy 2:21 What action is required on our part? 3. What does sanctification (the process of becoming more Christ-like) look like? What things should we do? Read Romans 6:18; Romans 12:1-2 3. What does it mean to be set apart for service? What kinds of "good works" might God call us to walk in? 4. According to 2 Timothy 2:24-25, how should we engage unbelievers in discussion? Why is this so important? 5. Are you faithful to pray for family members, friends, neighbors, etc. who are lost? 6. Are you set apart and ready for the Master's use? If not, what must change in your life to be prepared to be used?
2 Timothy 2:11-16
April 10, 2019 • Erin Morris
The Bible calls us to be an "approved workman." What does it look like to be an approved workman that is able to understand what the Bible says and explain that to others? Listen to this message and discover what things we should do, shouldn't do and what our lives will look like if we are to be pleasing to God. 1. What does an “approved workman” do? (See 2 Timothy 2:14-16) 2. What does it mean to accurately handle the Word of truth? 3. What are things we should avoid if we are going to be an “approved workman?” (See 2 Timothy 2:14-16) 4. How can we recognize false teaching and what should be our response to it? (2 Timothy 2:15-16) 5. The Bible encourages us to be an “approved workman” that studies out Scripture and abstains from sin. The implication is we will either be an approved workman who does this, or an ashamed workman who does not. Which one are you? How can we take steps to become and remain “approved workman?”
2 Timothy 2:1-10
April 2, 2019 • Paula Thorp
Paul writes that by God's strength we are called to be soldiers of the cross who are not distracted by the things of this world. We are also instructed to compete as atheletes who run this race of life well in order to win an eternal prize. The final example Paul gives us in this section of Scriptiure is to work diligently as famers as we patiently await a harvest. Soldiers, athletes and farmers are all "doers." Join us for this section of 2 Timothy and learn how you too can be a "doer" of the Word. Discussion Questions: 1.) Are you teaching or helping others in their faith? If not, why? 2.) Read James 1:22-25. We are instructed to go beyond just listening to the Word to being "doers" of the Word. What does it look like to be a "doer" of the Word? Are there any areas of your life where you know what you're commanded to do, but aren't doing it? How can you repent and begin walking in obedience? 3.) What does it look like to be a soldier of the cross? 4.) What does it look like to be a "spiritual athlete?" 5.) What does it look like to be a "farmer" as described in this section of Scripture? 6.) Think through each of the above roles. What are the spiritual parallels of being a soldier, athlete or farmer?
2 Timothy 1:8-18
March 26, 2019 • Lyndsay Hudgens
1.) How have you been ashamed of the gospel in your own life? Do you have a specific situation you regret that you weren’t more bold? 2) What keeps you from being more bold? How should you fight against it? 3) What does your “holy calling” look like in this stage of your life? 4) Are you “convinced” of your eternity? Why or why not? 5) Are you refreshing to those around you? What are some ways you can improve this while still being genuine?
Esther Chapter 9 & 10
March 12, 2019 • Paula Thorp
1. We should celebrate and remember Jesus for marking our lives for His purpose. Reflect back and think about times when God did this in your life and take a minute to write them down or discuss them with someone. 2. How can we pass our spritual hertiage down to our children or those around us? 3. In what ways has God shown you that "His Promise Stands?" How has He been faithful to you? 4. What has God taught you during this study on Esther?
Esther Chapter 8
March 5, 2019 • Tracey Helms
1. Do you see the hand of God working in your life? How? 2. Is your faith growing? If not what are steps that you can take to help with that? 3. What does it mean to you to have Jesus as your mediator to God? (1Ti 2:5) Why is this important? 4. Esther had compassion for her people, even to the point of death. Do we have that kind of compassion for people? Give examples. 5. Can you share in a time you have received joy from the Lord? (May be part of your testimony.) (Psa 92:4)
Esther Chapter 7
February 26, 2019 • Erin Morris
1. Why is wisdom important to our lives? (Proverbs 3:13-18; 4:6-13; 8:34-36) 2. What does it look like to act/speak with wisdom instead of foolishness? In what ways do you struggle with this? 3. How do we get wisdom? (James 1:5; Proverbs 9:10; 4. Haman reaped the “gallows” he had prepared for Mordecai. What are some of the “gallows” we have built in our own lives that we may end up reaping from? (bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, etc.) How do we negatively reap from those things we sow? 5. What does the Bible say about taking our own revenge? Why is it difficult to leave things to God’s justice and not take them into our own hands?
Esther Chapter 6
February 19, 2019 • Paula Thorp
1. How was the hand of God working as the king could not sleep? What were the results? 2. What is the source of stress and anxiety in your life? Do you forget that our mighty God never sleeps? This truth should bring us peace and comfort. 3. Have you ever been overlooked for something you have done? How did you feel? How did you handle it? 4. When we are overlooked or not rewarded for our service, how can we keep our ego in check and continue to do fulfill our role and be who we’re called to be? (See Philippians 2:3-4) 5. Do you seen the praise or man or the praise of God? Pride is a real struggle; do you crave or seek honor? What is the result of allowing pride to grow unchecked? (Proverbs 16:19, James 4:6) What is the result of pursuing humility? (Proverbs 22:4, Proverbs 25:9, James 4:10)
Esther Chapter 5
February 12, 2019 • Ashley Brennan
1. God is never mentioned by name is this story, however, He is definitely present on each page. Where have you especially seen Him and His character so far? 2. Do we see the places God has placed us, the difficult places particularly, as an opportunity? The difficult rooms we walk into...? What gets in the way of us seeing the bigger picture? Anger, resentment, bitterness, malice unforgiveness? 3. Do we boldly come on behalf of the deliverance of others? How can more bravely and boldly come into the thrown room? Do we have those in mind we would come on behalf of? 4. Proverbs 31:26 says she opens her mouth with wisdom and the teachings of kindness is in her tongue. What does wisdom and discernment mean to you and how can we use it? What has His Word said to you about it in the past? 5. Are there areas we may be building our own small towers?
Esther Chapter 4
February 5, 2019 • Erin Morris
Questions for Reflection 1. How did Mordecai react in the face of certain death? How de we react when disaster threatens our lives? 2. What can we do to strengthen our faith so that when trouble comes we can stand in faith, like Mordecai? 3. What is an intermediary? (A person who acts as a link between people to bring reconciliation; mediator) Are you willing to identify yourself with the people of God and be an intermediary/ambassador for Christ to those around you? (2 Cor 5:18-20) 4. If we are called to be intermediaries, what things should we do to reach those around us for Christ? Do do this? 5. In what ways is it hard to be a witness for Christ? How can we be more effective “intermediaries” for the cause of Christ? (Gal 1:10)
Esther Chapter 3
January 22, 2019 • Erin Morris
Questions for Reflection 1. What does it mean to “conform to something?” (Fashion oneself according to something) 2. In what ways are we “conformed” to this world instead of to the standards of the Bible? Can you think of a time you conformed to the world’s standard? What motivated you to do that? 3. How can we fight against our flesh and instead be conformed to Biblical standards? 4. How is it possible to be angry and not sin? When we begin to feel anger well up inside of us, what should we do so we handle it Biblically? 5. How is our culture’s idea of using influence different from what the Bible describes? If God has given us influence, what should we do with it? How should we act? (Phil 2:3-4; Matt 20:28; John 13: 14-15)
Esther Chapter 2
January 15, 2019 • Elizabeth Quinn
Questions for Reflection 1. What do you think makes obedience so important to the Lord in regard to His children? (1Sam. 15:22-23, 2 John 1:4-6) 2. What do you think you “have to loose”, ( reputation, status, friendships) that keeps you from full surrender to God’s plan for your life? 3. Do you see how difficult and painful things, the weaknesses and struggles, the trials and adversities, are all things the Lord is using to shape and mold you into a fit vessel for His glory? (1 Cor. 1:26-31) 4. What heart attitudes should we cultivate to fulfill Phil. 2:15 and be like our long ago sister of faith, Queen Esther?
12/11/2018 - Erin Morris • December 11, 2018 • Erin Morris
For Further Study “Barnabas’ cousin Mark” Acts 13:1-13 describes Mark (also called John or John Mark) deserting them Acts 15:36-41; 2 Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:13 Go to www.biblegateway.com and type in “Barnabas.” Examine the many ways he was involved in the early church and what type of man he was. “I have sent him to you… that he may encourage your hearts;” 1 Thessalonians 3:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:12-13; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9 “Always laboring earnestly in his prayers…” Luke 22:44; Romans 15:30; Ephesians 6:18; 1 John 5:14-15
12/4/2018 - Paula Thorp • December 4, 2018 • Paula Thorp
For Further Study on Colossians 4:1-6 “Devote yourselves to prayer…” Read The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 This prayer is a model on how to pray. Study it verse by verse then write down what the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart. Check a commentary to study the above scriptures. “Let your speech always be with grace…” Got to www.biblegateway.com and search the word “tongue.” Look up every verse. Take side notes as God speaks to you about any area you need to change. “...so you will know how to respond to each person.” Scriptures tell us our conversation should be seasoned with salt and grace. Make a list of affirmation words you could use in speaking to others. Be INTENTIONAL. Example: I’m so happy you are here today. You are a blessing to me. “Conduct yourself with wisdom toward outsiders…” Step up and depend on Jesus to help you witness, even if it’s a few words God will use it, but we need to open our mouth. Be ready to briefly share Christ this week to someone. Start with a Christmas Eve invite card, then call or text a sister in Christ to share.
11/27/2018 - Erin Morris • November 27, 2018 • Erin Morris
For Further Study on Colossians 3:18-25 “Wives be subject to your husbands…” Proverbs 14:1; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-28; 1 Timothy 2:11-14; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3:1-6 “...do not be embittered against them.” Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 19:3; Proverbs 21:9 & 19; Proverbs 31:10-12 “Children, be obedient to your parents…” Exodus 21:15 & 17; Deuteronomy 5:16; Proverbs 19:26; Proverbs 29:15; Proverbs 30:17; Matthew 15:4-6; Ephesians 6:1 “...obey those who are your masters…” Ephesians 6:5; Romans 13:1; 1 Peter 2:18-20;