Life Group Questions from the Sermon on 4/23/17
Ice Breaker: If you have ever been on a trip, the chances are that you made a list of things to take and made decisions on stuff not to as well. What was a trip you went on and what was one thing you couldn’t do without?
Say: A lot of people say that the Christian life is a journey, and the truth is that if we don’t take the Bible with us on that journey, we will never be equipped for the it. The Bible shows us God’s plan for us and how to navigate the tough parts of following God’s plan.
Discussion 1: Be Acquainted
2 Timothy 3:14-15 “14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
When Paul told Timothy about the struggles of being a Christian in the last days (2 Timothy 2:1-13), Paul went back to the Word of God as the source of overcoming the struggles. Paul knew Timothy was acquainted with the Scriptures and Paul told Timothy to continue living out what the Scripture taught Him. Because Timothy was acquainted with Scripture, Timothy could make it through the obstacles along the plan God had for him.
What are ways that we can be acquainted with the Bible from an early age? (talk about our children and youth ministries)
If we didn’t attend a children’s ministry or youth ministry, how can we acquaint ourselves with the Bible?
Why should we be acquainted with the Bible?
Discussion 2: Be Committed
2 Timothy 3:14 “14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it”
As many people have said before, we have to walk what we talk. In other words, it’s not just enough to talk about something; we have to do what we say. In the same way, we can’t just learn and study the Bible, we must do what the Bible says to do. Even if we are well acquainted with the Bible, we still must be obedient to what it says; otherwise, as James 2:17 tells us, our faith is dead.
What is an example from your life of knowing facts about something, but never experiencing it?
The truth is that if we went to the doctor and the doctor told us we were sick, prescribed us a treatment, and we neglected to take the prescription, we would never get any better. In the same way, God has seen our sin and sent us His Word as our prescription, and if we don’t read and obey His Word, we will stay in our sinfully broken condition.
How does a commitment to God’s Word transform us to be more like Him?
What is a personal example of how God’s Word has transformed us to be more like Him?
Discussion 3: Be Equipped
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
In these verses, Paul told Timothy that all Scripture is breathed out by God, and then Paul listed four things about Scripture. Because all Scripture is from God, we can’t pick and choose which Scriptures we like and don’t like to read or obey- we have to read and obey everything the Bible says to obey. Four reasons for that are the descriptions Paul used for Scripture:
Profitable for Teaching: How is the Bible profitable for teaching? How has it profited you?
Profitable for Reproof/rebuke: How is the Bible profitable for rebuking? How has it rebuked you?
Profitable for Correction: How is the Bible profitable for correction? How has it corrected you?
Profitable for Training in Righteousness: How is the Bible profitable for training for correction? How has it trained you in righteousness?
Closing: Close out in prayer for the church to be guided by Scripture and for us all to be obedient to the commands of Scripture.