Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on July 12, 2020
Passage: Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:10-15
This Sunday, Mike continued our summer series on the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT by looking at the fruit of faithfulness through the example of Timothy.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What are some examples of sports, instruments, hobbies, or projects you have started and quit? Why did you quit?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In this passage, Paul is encouraging Timothy not to quit the faith but to endure and remain faithful. According to Paul, what could have derailed Timothy? Have you ever been tempted to give up on the faith? What were some of the reasons you were tempted to quit? What were some of the reasons you didn’t quit? What encouragement do the following verses provide for staying faithful to the Lord?
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT2)
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
Matthew 25:21 (NLT2)
21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
Revelation 2:10 (NLT2)
10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.
2. Paul says, “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (3:12). Jesus said, “If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). Have you ever been mistreated because of your devotion to Jesus? What if we don’t experience persecution? What encouragement does Paul provide in the passage below?
Romans 8:18, 31-39 (NLT2)
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later… 31 …If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
3. In 2 Timothy 3:14, Paul reminds Timothy of his grandmother and mother in order to encourage him to endure (see 2 Timothy 1:5). Why do many kids leave the faith and the faith practices of their parents? How can we prevent this?
4. The Spirit also used Paul’s example of faithfulness in Timothy’s life to help him develop deep convictions and stay faithful. Why is it helpful to look at the examples of other Christians in order to endure? Have you ever been encouraged by the story/testimony of another Christian who endured?
5. Paul also pointed to the value of the Bible in helping us stay faithful to the Lord. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, what effect can spending regular time in God’s Word have in your life?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT2)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
How has God’s Word helped you stay faithful in stressful times?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?