HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Have you ever suddenly realized you didn’t know something as well as you thought you did? What brought that realization about?

In our passage from Sunday, Paul reminds Timothy of his charge to show the false teachers in Ephesus the error of their ways. Let’s read it again

3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

Reflect Together:

What is the problem in the church in Ephesus that Paul wants Timothy to resolve?

Paul says certain people were making “confident assertions” even though they weren’t “understanding what they are saying” (verse 7). Have you ever seen someone do something like that? Have you ever seen someone stop thinking they know more than they did and become a learner? What helped them make the change?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Like the believers in the church in Ephesus, we also navigate a flood of would-be teachers trying to make us believe all sorts of things. How do you deal with our information/spin deluge? Is that how God would want you to deal with it?

Paul contrasts the endless speculations of the would-be teachers of the law with the “stewardship from God that is by faith” and demonstrates itself in “love”. How does true belief help to form real love in you?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

If the endless spin of media and social media has distracted you from the stewardship and love God has called you to, consider with your group what steps God is calling you to take to refocus on his mission.

Is there someone you’ve felt tempted to cut off recently? If so, is that something God is calling you to do (like Paul had to do in 1:20), or is God calling you to “remain” to show them his love like Paul called Timothy to do in the church in Ephesus (1:3). Discern with your group your next steps with that person.