Bible Study Worksheet – December 18, 2016

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Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – December 18, 2016
Theme: A Call to Christian Commitment 

Topic: Review and Summary

Key Verse:  2 Timothy 3:16-17 –“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

Foundation for Christian Commitment {Text: 1 Timothy 1:1-17}

  •  Contemporary minds are constantly challenging Biblical truths, from the standpoints of unproven theories and speculations. The Christian must be ready to stand by God’s word and not succumb to theories and philosophies that seek to de-emphasise God’s role in man’s affairs.
  • The Christians must watch out for seemingly positive commendations of secular – and even religious leaders who prefer to portray Jesus Christ as having only come to “teach us how to be better people” or to “show us a good example”. The core purpose of His coming is to give Himself to save us from our sins.
  • The Christian needs to have at his or her finger-tips key Bible passages that emphasise the purpose of Christ’s coming, the Gospel, and what man must do to be saved.

Fruitful Prayer and Worship {Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-15}

  • While we uphold that salvation is found only in Jesus Christ, we must identify with God’s interest in the entire world and see everyone – including rulers who do not necessarily acknowledge Him – as playing a part in His creation. Even rulers that do not know Him occupy their exalted positions only by God’s determination – Daniel 4:17.
  • It is in our interest to uphold those that rule over us in prayer, regardless of personal political preferences or our assessment of the quality of the leadership. It is only when God directs our rulers that we can live peaceful and holy lives.
  • It is appropriate for a local Church to establish rules to address the challenges posed by the culture and realities of the environment. Although such rules are not necessary for our salvation, they are acceptable to God as they help our Christian witness.

Fitting Behaviour for Leaders {Text: 1 Timothy 3}

  • The early Church set a model for governance and leadership of a typical Church that identifies a pastoral team and an administrative team. Whichever role a leader finds himself or herself in, the requirement to be Spirit-filled, live responsibly, and have a credible testimony within and outside the Church is the same.
  • Churches need to put in place structures and processes that minimise the risk of scandals in the leadership in the areas of family life and materialism. Many of today’s church scandals arise from weak structures and procedures in the appointment into leadership positions and governance.
  • All in leadership positions in the Church need to be constantly aware of their ministry as having responsibility to God and the Flock, and to constantly draw strength from the Holy Spirit to live lives consistent with their profession of faith. They must take whatever practical steps the Holy Spirit guides them to take regarding their lifestyle to avoid embarrassing the faith.

False Teachers and True Teachers {Text: 1 Timothy 4:1-16}

  • False doctrines that threaten our faith or the well-being of the Church rarely originate from outside the Church; they usually originate from the Church, by individuals whom we may have respected as leaders and sometimes, who may have been our mentor.
  • The ultimate test of the soundness of a doctrine must be the Bible. “Rightly dividing the word of truth” or “correctly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) means applying the Scriptures in a manner that fits the intent, not manipulating it to suit our pre-conceived notions. Many false doctrines are as a result of people twisting the Bible out of context.
  • Our faith and principles for living must be anchored, not in the words of some respected leader – no matter how credible -, but in the Bible. Do not believe that bribery is evil because a Church leader says so; believe it because the Bible says so. Those that teach and preach the Bible must focus their listeners’ attention on the Bible and not on their own words.
  • Personal revelations must not become doctrines: The Holy Spirit may minister a specific revelation of a scripture to an individual to address the person’s specific situation. We must never create a universal doctrine around such a revelation.

Facing Relationship Issues {Text: 1 Timothy 5:1 – 6:2}

  •  It is unhealthy for Church leadership to turn a blind eye or play deaf to issues of concern about individual misconduct in the Church as it gives room for gossips which undermine the testimony of the Church. Leaders must be bold to address such issues in a biblical way.
  • Church welfare support should be extended to only those that are truly deserving, and should be administered with due diligence. This should include encouraging those in need to make use of support expected from their natural relations, and encouraging them to build their lives towards material independence.
  • The Church should encourage widows who are young to be open to remarriage so as to provide some continuity for companionship, material support, and a fatherly leadership in the family. Pending this, other Church members should rally round the widows and provide whatever practical support they can for them.

Godliness with Contentment {Text: 1 Timothy 6:3-21}

  • Our real needs are far simpler and fewer than we often think; God reduces it all to food and clothing. While it is healthy to work to have more than these basic needs, we should not see acquisition of extra possessions as a requirement for living.
  • God does bless us with material riches and indeed wants us to enjoy them. However, we must from time to time examine ourselves for the reason we seek wealth. Seeking material riches just to feel good about them amounts to the “love of money” which is “the root of all evil”.
  • The material wealth with which God blesses us are for the purpose of sharing with others. However, in doing this, it is important we be led by the Holy Spirit to avoid unhealthy giving, such as giving to promote our ego, or giving in a way that prevents our beneficiary from achieving their potential.

Faithfully Sharing the Gospel {Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-18}

  • When we come to know Christ, God deposits in us gifts to be used for His purposes. As worthy stewards, we have a responsibility to fan them into flame, putting them to the use God intended, and not allow time to obscure their reality.
  • Holiness and suffering are fundamental truths of the gospel, and it is important that those who preach the gospel convey this truth to their hearers so that those who come to faith in Christ do so with realistic expectations. As we do so, we also point that Christ has made abundant provision to see us through.
  • Every Christian should seek to identify with a gospel ministry, providing support and encouragement to those who have devoted their lives to the gospel, and ministering to their material needs to the extent that God has blessed us.

Follow after Righteousness {Text: 2 Timothy 2:1-26}

  • The Christian must have absolute clarity on the essential gospel and hold on to it as non-negotiable, and must resist pressures from the world or the environment to water it down to make it more “acceptable”.
  • The Holy Spirit ministers to Christians in various ways, and may give us different perspectives of the same issues. So long as such points are not fundamental to the core gospel, we must not allow the differences to cause divisions in the body of Christ.
  • If we desire to be “vessels of honour” used by God to do exploits, we must purge ourselves of all that defile and be humble enough to admit that we are not always as great as we would like to think we are, or that those around us think we are!

Bless The Lord O My Soul {Text: Psalm 103:1-22}

  • For us – things He does for our personal benefit or for those for whom we have immediate responsibility.
  • For or through other people – His interventions to secure justice for the oppressed, His grace in not destroying the wicked but giving them a chance to repent, His all-encompassing forgiveness of sins which even the sinners struggle to forgive themselves, etc.
  • In our environment and in His creation that make everything work together. (Even the unpleasant things in our world are within His overall dominion, and we should see them as pieces in His overall masterplan)

Preach the Word with Boldness {Text: 2 Timothy 3:1 – 4:5}

  • It will become increasingly awkward to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in secular environments, and the need for boldness to preach it will be more than ever before.
  • The Christian must resist the temptation to water down the gospel into statements and promises that make people comfortable or socially respectable without making a commitment to give their lives to Christ and live for Him
  • We should examine our motives for doing the right things: If we do right primarily because it is more socially respectable to do so rather than because we want to please God, we live dangerously: It amounts to being conformed to the world, and indicates that if the world’s ever-changing standards change, we would not necessarily live right.

Finishing Strong {Text: 2 Timothy 4:16-22}

  • Everyone of us, when close to our graves, reflects on our lives on earth, assessing whether or not we have made the most of the opportunities God gave us, especially opportunities to positively impact others’ lives in every way. Make the most of those opportunities while you can so you can walk into eternity with satisfaction.
  • Many who once walked with God derailed in their faith due to various pressures and experiences, including especially disappointments with others to whom they once looked up. We should learn from such sad cases and ensure our faith stands, not on any man but on Christ Himself.

Prayer : Heavenly Father, we thank You for providing us with all we need to stay committed to You especially in these challenging times. May we stay truly committed to, and propagating Your word regardless of the dictates of our environment or the changing values of man, in Jesus’ name, Amen.