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

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

Without taking sides, what are some types of conflicts that have been heightened during this last year?  How do you tend to handle conflict or converse with those who have different opinions?

This passage addresses some of the difficulties that will come “in the last days.”:

1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

Reflect Together:

Rather than being lovers of God or lovers of the good, what are the people described as loving?  How does that lead to all kinds of godlessness as described in v. 2-4?

What does it mean to have a form of godliness but deny its power in v.5?

Paul singled out “weak women” in verse 6 because in those days these women stayed at home were more susceptible to being swayed by passions and false teaching that would infiltrate the home. What verbs are being used to describe these women in v. 6-7?

What kind of men are described in v.8?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Was there anything that convicted you from this passage?  Is there a particular sin in this list in chapter 3 that you struggle with more than others? (You don’t have to have people share if it feels too vulnerable. You can just ask people to pray about it silently for a moment)

This is kind of a depressing passage, but Paul also says in 1 Timothy 6:6 that “godliness with contentment is great gain.”  Instead of pursuing our own greatness or our own gain, our hearts are truly satified and content in the fullness that comes from God.  When have you experienced “godliness with contentment?” What are some ways to cultivate this “godliness with contentment”?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

What steps are you being called to take in response to this passage?

You might ask your group to write down the antonyms (or opposite adjectives) of v.2-5 and read it aloud.