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

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Pastor Mitch described our work as paving a path with love for others to follow. Who paved the path for you, helping ground you in the truth of God’s Word?

Let’s read our passage from Sunday again:

14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 16 But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, 17 and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. 19 But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity." 20 Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. 22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23 Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. 24 And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, 25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

Reflect Together:

What is “irreverent babble” (2:16)? How did Pastor Mitch explain this on Sunday?

To be useful to God, Paul calls the church in Ephesus to cleanse themselves for honorable use (2:20-21). How do we cleanse ourselves in this way?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

During Holy Week, do you find your attention in worship shifting to spiritual/eternal realities, or are you seeing the connection between the power of God and the problems of the world?

Do you feel that you are a “worker that has no need to be ashamed” (2:15) or are there things in your life that would disqualify you from that?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

One of the ways we can guard our minds and hearts from repeating “irreverent babble” is to take care with the stories we listen to every day. Consider taking part in this week’s Lent practice of Curating Media. See more in this week’s video.