Preacher: Pastor Ray
In terms of our own sanctification, maturity, fruit-bearing and salvation, what work do we do and what work does Jesus do?
Preacher: Pastor Ray
In earthly marriages, the bride spends so much time and energy getting herself ready for her wedding day, esp. on the day of the wedding. How about in our future marriage to Jesus? How do we prepare ourselves so that we can be a Bride fit for a King? Two things: 1) the (spoken) word based on the written word and 2) prayer.
In order to become a godly person, you need a good conscience. A conscience that is functioning properly will serve as a filter against sin and idolatry trying to enter and lodge itself in our hearts.
Read 1 Thess 5:22-24. The promise is that God can sanctify us completely and keep us blameless (without any blemish or sin) in terms of our spirit, soul (mind/will/emotion) and body.
– Describe these 3 parts of our whole being.
– Do you think this is possible? How have you seen the Lord changing you?
Read Heb 12:10-14 and 1 Cor 6:9-11.
– How important is holiness in the Christian life?
– Is holiness (or lack of it) a salvation issue?
– How much is holiness stressed in the typical church?
– What false teaching can emerge when holiness is ignored?
– How might the teaching regarding Christ’s righteousness being credited to us (i.e. like putting on a robe) lead to a false sense of assurance of our salvation?
Read Heb 9:13-14.
– What assumption does this passage make regarding our conscience?
Read 1 Tim 1:5.
– What is Paul’s charge to Timothy?
– Where does love in a person come from?
– How does Satan attack so that we never achieve the goal of becoming a loving person?
Read 1 Tim 1:6-7.
– Why do many great “preachers” fall into moral sin?
Read 1 Tim 1:8-14.
– What is the gospel?
– The gospel leads believers into complete transformation including our spirit, soul, body, mind, will, emotions — do you agree or disagree?
Read 1 Tim 1:18-20.
– What are 2 things we must hold onto?
– Regarding those who shipwrecked their faith, how did they end up like this? What things were they rejecting?
– How do these verses give us some pause when it comes to the doctrine that once you’re saved, you’re always saved?
Read 1 Tim 4:1-3.
– Is it possible to be in the faith and then to deliberately depart from the faith?
– What is a seared conscience?
– How does a seared conscience contribute to a teacher becoming a false teacher and being led by deceitful spirits?
– Why is knowing our Bible critical for every believer?
– At salvation, what did the Holy Spirit do to our conscience while saving us?
Read 1 Tim 4:7-10.
– Does your training in godliness exceed the amount of time and energy you invest in bodily health and fitness?
– What ways can you train yourself to be godly?
Read 1 Tim 4:15-16.
– For the preacher, what two things must he keep a close watch over?
– What does it mean to progress in the faith?
– What two groups of people are saved by a preacher who is progressing in his faith?
– Do you see and can others see in you your progress in the faith?
– How does a conscience become seared?
– How might a seared conscience contribute to a stalling of your progress in the faith?
Read 1 Tim 6:2-3. Christianity is not a costume. We are changed from one degree of glory to the next, becoming more and more like Christ.
– Explain why our sound words must be in accordance with godliness.
Read 1 Tim 6:4-5.
– In a spiritual sense, why does a person with many theological degrees and who is a great preacher and yet he falls morally – why does this person know “nothing” about the Christian life?
– What would you say about someone who can teach a great Bible study about envy and slander and divisiveness, yet he has envy in his heart and he slanders others freely and he causes division in the body of Christ?
– If people are not seeing joy and humility and love through your life, why would non-Christians want what you have?
– Is your life attractive to others?
Read 1 Tim 6:6-8. This verse is a good gauge of your spiritual health.
– Can you say, Amen!, to verse 6?
Read 1 Tim 6:9-19. For Christians in America, we need to heed the warning of these verses.
– What is tied to money?
– The love of money is a much bigger problem than we think – do you agree or disagree?
– What does it mean to flee from the love of money for you?
– How can money become our hope?
Read 1 Tim 6:20-21.
– What are some examples of false “knowledge” that pretends to be sound gospel teaching?
Read 1 Thess 5:22-24.
– Who will sanctify us completely and make us whole in our spirit, whole in our soul and whole in our body?
– Practically, what must we do in order to be sanctified like this and have a good conscience continually?