Community Group Discussion Guide
Week of February 19 - February 25, 2023
Equipped to Serve
Doctrine and Devotion
1 Timothy 4:6-16
1) Town Hall meeting February 26 after second service.
2) Young Adults fundraiser - Perkins February 18-26. Flyers available in the foyer.
3) Jesus Revolution movie tickets available for $7. February 22 at 7:00 PM Regal Theaters.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Do you believe maturity only comes with age? If not, what other factors affect a person’s maturity?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
To be effective servants of Jesus, we devote ourselves to good doctrine and practical devotion in response to what he has done for us.
To be effective servants of Jesus,….
1. Read 1 Timothy 4:6a. What does it mean to be “a good servant of Christ Jesus”?
a. What steps can we, as believers, take to assure that we are good servants?
b. Do you believe that being a good servant includes the need to grow in our faith? Why or why not? …we devote ourselves to good doctrine…
2. Read 1 Timothy 4:6b-7a. Although Paul is giving advice to Timothy as a leader, how can we apply this teaching?
a. Paul’s use of the word “trained” indicates a continuous process, as in athletic training. What processes can we use to ensure that our spiritual growth is continuous?
b. Paul warns Timothy against listening to “irreverent, silly myths”. Is this warning still applicable today? What are some examples of false teachings that occur in today’s society? What are the surest ways to protect ourselves from these false teachings? ….and practical devotion…
3. Read 1 Timothy 4:7b-8. Again, Paul compares training for godliness to physical training. What ways, within our church, are available to us to train ourselves practically? …in response to what he has done for us.
4. Read 1 Timothy 4:9-16. For what reason does Paul say we “toil and strive”? Read Isaiah 40:31 and discuss why our hope is worth the effort we put into increasing our faith.
a. In verse 10 Paul says that God “..is the Savior of all people”. Does this mean all people are assured of salvation” Read Jonah 2:8 and discuss why some will forsake their salvation.
b. In verse 12, Paul instructs Timothy to “let no one despise you for your youth”. How does he tell Timothy to avoid this possibility? Do you believe this is good advice? In what way will it help?
c. In verse 13, Paul instructs Timothy to read the scriptures to exhort and teach. Why is this important? In what ways do we benefit from expository teaching?
d. In verse 14 Paul tells Timothy “Do not neglect your gifts…”. How can we avoid neglecting our gifts? Do we need special anointing or the voice of God to understand our giftings? Why or why not?
e. Paul urges Timothy, in verse 15, to lead in a way “that all may see your progress”. Why is this important? How can we measure our spiritual progress?
TAKING IT HOME
Looking back at this week’s study, what is important for you to remember and why?
PRAISE & PRAYER REQUESTS