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

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Have you ever been in training for something (i.e. to run a race or to do a new job)?  What type of mentality or what kind of goal did you have when you were in training? How did that mentality help you?

Paul is instructing Timothy here to be brought up in the truths of the faith, to be trained up for godliness and then train up others in godliness as well.

6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

Reflect Together:

What does it mean to “be trained in the words of faith” (v. 6)?

What are some “myths” that news, social media, or other things you read or hear promote? (v.7)  How do we train our minds to discern how God wants us to respond to these messages, especially in such a divisive time in our country?

What difference does hope in God make in our daily “toil and strife” (v. 10)?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Pastor Steve talked about how instead of each day being a repetitive blur, we are on a perpetual spiritual scavenger hunt, with opportunities each day to build into our own souls and in others. How do you respond to this statement?

What did you learn about discipleship from the sermon and from this passage?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

What kind of “training for godliness” are we involved in or feel like God may be inviting us to participate in?  Being part of this home group is one way we are already being trained for godliness.

How can we help train others up for godliness or to disciple others either organically or more formally (whether that is our children, people at work, neighbors, younger people in the faith at church)?