Going Deeper With The Sermon

Speaker: Rev. Beth Case
Date: February 19, 2017
Text: Devoted: Growing Together

SCRIPTURE VERSES

"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, 15 and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work."

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1According to Pastor Beth, some who believe the world is becoming a better place, and some who believe it's getting worse. Which you are? Why? Read 2 Timothy 3:1-9. What did Paul think?

2.  Robert Fulghrum famously said, "Everything you need to know you learned in Kindergarten." Paul wrote that Timothy should "continue in the Scripture you've learned..." (v. 14). Pastor Beth challenged us to continue. In light of your current circumstances, what does continuing look like for you?

3. 19th Century preacher Dwight L. Moody said, "The Bible is not for information, but for transformation." How is the Bible being used by God to and you and to shape you into the person God desires you to be? How will you interact with, and incorporate Scripture into daily life?

4.  Do you have a "life verse"? What is it? How did you pick it? If not, consider finding a life verse in 2017-a verse or passage of scripture that has special meaning to you, and that is especially important in bringing meaning and purpose into your life.

5. According to verse 17, one purpose of the Scripture is that it prepares and equips us for the good works that God has for us (compare Ephesians 1:10). What good works are you engaged in and what role has the Bible played in preparing you for them?

PRAYER

Lord our God,
we thank you that in spite of all the evil, we may look toward the good and toward a change for the better. For your love, your Spirit of love, can be with us. In spite of all that has gone wrong, we can change. Through genuine faith we can become worthy in your sight. Everything can turn to the good. The nations can become glad, rejoicing in life because you are working among them to help them change. Amen.
 

{Christoph Friederich Blumhardt}