Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 8, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Psalm 119:1-40, Proverbs 1,
- MONDAY: Psalm 119:41-80, Proverbs 2,
- TUESDAY: Psalm 119:81-120, Proverbs 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Psalm 119:121-176, Proverbs 4,
- THURSDAY: Romans 8, Proverbs 5,
- FRIDAY: Psalm 23, Proverbs 6,
- SATURDAY: 1 Peter 2, Proverbs 7,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: World Changers Sermon Title: Confidently Living in “Fear-Filled” Times
Delivered On: September 1, 2019
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5)
Thank God for His grace extended to you through the forgiveness of your sin and the eternal blessings you have in Him and with Him. Praise Jesus for what He has done for you, what He is doing in you, and what He wants to do through you for His kingdom. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of His faithfulness throughout your life as He has guided, corrected, protected, provided, and comforted you during the most difficult and challenging of times.
Count the Cost: Identify one area in your life where you are feeling distressed or fearful or an area where you are feeling pressure to compromise your faith. Pray for His presence, peace, and strength as you hold firmly to biblical truth and as you look to Him and submit this area to His perfect plan and purpose for your life. Pray for an opportunity to use this situation as an opportunity to share with others as a means to declare God’s goodness and love for you.
Small Group Discussion
What are some of the ways current American culture embraces and promotes a sense of fear and uneasiness?
What are some of the ways that translate into our lives and how does it impact our faith?
Tell about a specific concern that you have for the Christian church and the followers of Jesus living in today’s materialistic, morally relativistic and pluralistic society?
Read: 2 Timothy 4:3-4. How are you seeing similar actions in our culture and in our churches today? How is this turning away from sound biblical doctrine and teaching growing in our culture?
Read: 2 Timothy 4:2 and 4:5. What actions did Paul encourage Timothy (and us today) to take in the face of this growing compromise?
How does the importance of study and application of the whole of Scripture bolster and support our faith in ever changing and challenging culture? Interesting Fact: Research shows that those who engage in Bible reading four or more times a week grow more spiritually and are much less likely to compromise their faith (CBE, 2012).
Have you personally experienced a close friend or loved one who has “walked away” from the faith? Has this strained or strengthened your faith?
Read: 2 Timothy 4:6-4:8. Paul is reflecting back on his life while looking forward to imminent death (Most Bible historians believe he was executed by the Roman Emperor Nero shortly after this letter to Timothy was written) with great confidence. How does Paul’s life and his words while unjustly imprisoned bolster your faith?
As you read through the entirety of Paul’s 2nd letter to Timothy, the importance of Christian community is emphasized time and time again. How can this group pray for you and encourage you to “fight the good fight”, “finish the race” and “stand firm in your faith”?