Sunday, May 12th 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 Timothy Ch. 2 Important context: Paul is writing to Timothy who is a young pastor leading the church in Ephesus.
- How is it possible to teach the same thing—the gospel—year after year without being monotonous or tedious?
- How does the “hard work” of a pastor compare with that of a carpenter or farmer? In what ways does hard work pay off in a pastor’s congregation?
- Is the pastor the only spiritual “workman” in the body of Christ? In what ways do others toil in the work of the kingdom?
- Why is bodily resurrection central to the Christian message?
- Why does it seem that false teaching spreads more easily and quickly than sound doctrine?