November 5-11

2 Timothy 4:1-8

We  must  lay  down  all  the  plans  and  goals  that  we  have  set  and  focus  in  on  what  God  would  have  us  do.  Then  we  must  specifically  voice  and  plan  what  God  is  calling  us to do.  We  must  no  longer  just  assume  we  understand  what  it  means  to  follow Christ,  and  we  definitely  must  not  assume  that  our  students  have  that understanding.    We  can  no  longer  just  flippantly  say  general  phrases  about  being  a  Christ  follower;  we  instead must  get  detailed  and  specific  and  put those plans into action. We must stop compartmentalizing our lives and instead begin to let God’s plans and purposes for us drive everything else we do. We must begin to carry the same vision for our spiritual walk as we have carried for all the other pursuits of our lives. – Unleashed Disciple Now Curriculum

On Friday through Sunday our Student Ministry is hosting a Disciple Now. Many students will come this weekend who are growing in their faith, some that are struggling and even some who have never made Jesus Lord of their lives. This weekend they will be studying 2 Timothy 4:1-8, so I thought we would join them in studying, praying and applying this passage to our lives this week.

Please be in prayer for our Student Ministry, for Greg and the leadership, for the leaders who are leading the groups, for the speaker, worship leaders, and for our students. Pray that God will help many students to wrestle with their relationship with God. Pray that this weekend will propel many students forward in their love and devotion to Jesus. Pray that students will come to faith in Jesus for the first time. Pray in everything  that God gets the glory and He is pleased with how the students worship and respond to Him.

 DAY 1- 2 Timothy 4:1-8  

READ– Read the passage a few times in order to help you gain understanding. Highlight some verses, phrases or words that stood out to you. 

EXAMINE– 1. What does this passage say about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit?  How is He described? 2. What does this passage say about people? How do people act or respond in the passage? 3. Summarize the passage in a sentence or two.

APPLY– Where are you in the passage and what will you do in response to what you have learned? Ask yourself these questions: Is there a sin to avoid, promise to keep, example to follow, command to obey, knowledge you have learned about God’s character? 

PRAY– Write out a prayer to God based on what  you have learned.

 

DAY 2- 2 Timothy 4:1-8

What is the final charge given to Timothy?

Paul focuses on two things in the future: future judgement and Christ’s appearing/coming kingdom. In light of the commands he’s about to give Timothy, why do you think Paul mentions these two things in particular?

What reward will we receive if we keep the faith? Describe this reward. Why is it significant?

 

DAY 3- 2 Timothy 4:1-2

Pick out the 5 commands Timothy is given in verse 2.

Describe how these 5 commands are crucial.

What does it mean to be prepared in season and out of season?

 

DAY 4- 2 Timothy 4:3-4

What does Paul warn will happen and why will it happen?

How do you see “itching ears” in our culture?

Where do you tend to experience “itching ears” in your life? What is something you can do to help you stay grounded?

 

DAY 5- 2 Timothy 4:5-8 

What things does Paul encourage Timothy to do in verse 5? Why do you think these things would be important?

What do you think it means when Paul says he is being poured out like a drink offering? Why this illustration? See also Exodus 29:39-41 and Numbers 28:7-8.

How should longing for Christ’s appearance motivate the way we live?

 

November 12-18

I John 4:7-21

OVERVIEW- Exalting Jesus in 1, 2 & 3 John by Daniel L. Akin

Several times in the Bible God gives us His thoughts on love. We find it in Song of Songs 8:5-14, 1 Corinthians 13, and here in 1 John 4:7-21. John has addressed the subject of love already in 2:7-11 as an indication that one is walking in the light and in 3:11-24 as evidence that one is a child of God. Yet it is here, in 4:7-21, that he provides his fullest treatment. As he calls us aside to talk about this subject that some say “makes the world go ’round,” John will take us to the very origin and source of love: God Himself. In fact, love is His very nature, and acting in love is His essential character. How do we know? The cross! The cross of Golgotha is an everlasting monument to the truth that our God is love.

 Loving others as we have been loved by God is not an easy thing to do. Loving and praying for our enemies as Jesus taught us in Matthew 5:43-48can seem nearly impossible. Even loving our brothers and sisters in Christ can be a real challenge at times. We need some supernatural assistance. We need to remember who we are in Christ and what we have received from the Father. When we do, an amazing thing will happen. We will love others as we have been loved by God. And by the way we love others, we will make visible the invisible God this world so desperately needs to see and come to know. That is indeed the power of love!

DAY 1- I John 4:7-21 

 READ– Read the passage a few times in order to help you gain understanding. Highlight some verses, phrases or words that stood out to you.

 EXAMINE– 1. What does this passage say about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit?  How is He described? 2. What does this passage say about people? How do people act or respond in the passage? 3. Summarize the passage in a sentence or two.

APPLY– Where are you in the passage and what will you do in response to what you have learned? Ask yourself these questions: Is there a sin to avoid, promise to keep, example to follow, command to obey, knowledge you have learned about God’s character?

 PRAY– Write out a prayer to God based on what you have learned

 

DAY 2- 1 John 4:7-21

  • Using verses 7-21 describe the love of our God.
  • How has your increasing love for God increased your understanding of God’s love for you?
  • Why does love cast out fear? What does fear reveal about our relationship to God? 

 

DAY 3- Luke 10:25-37  

  • The expert in the law tries to define his neighbor as someone that he can choose to care for. How do we find ourselves doing the same thing, excusing ourselves from the call to know and love our neighbors?
  • List all the ways that the Samaritan took care of the physical needs of the injured man. What principle stands out to you in how the Samaritan cared for this man?
  • What is one step of faith that God is calling you to in regards to physically, tangibly loving your neighbor this week?

 

DAY 4- Romans 5:1-8

  • What does it mean to have peace with God?
  • How do we glory in our sufferings?
  • According to verses 6-8 how has God demonstrated His love for us?

 

DAY 5- Psalm 136 

  • Read this Psalm several times and then write a prayer of thanksgiving to God for His love that endures forever.