Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 15th January 2017
Quarter Theme: Foundation For Christian Living
Topic: Christ came to save sinners.
Texts: 1 Timothy 1:1-20
Memory Verse: ‘This is a trustworthy saying and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” – and I am the worst of them all’ (1 Tim. 1:15 NLT)
Not long ago, the entire world was in a festive mood. What were they celebrating? Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ. But how many, even among Church going and professing Christian really understands the implication of Christ’s birth? Judging by the emphasis on lightings, merriments and the like, your guess is as good as anyone’s. We have reviewed the Christian’s right attitude during our Christmas series.
As we start examination of our quarter theme ‘Foundation for Christian living’, a proper understanding of why Jesus came cannot be more foundational. This is because, as we all saw in the last few weeks, virtually everyone celebrates Christmas (Jesus coming). Yet, as we all know, not everyone celebrated with understanding.
Jesus Christ is a Christian’s hope; all our hopes of eternal life are built upon Him – Christ is in us our hope of glory. The gospel’s design is such that sinners, through repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ, obtain eternal life. Believers are, therefore, righteous in God’s appointed way, the law was not against them. Conversely, the gospel is such that unless one is made righteous by faith in Christ, such person is still under the curse of the law. Such persons are unfit to share in eternal life.
Sadly, some persons within Timothy’s Church were teaching something different. So, in 1 Timothy, Paul writes to encourage and advice Timothy both for the Christians in the church and for himself. Paul told Timothy to sort out the problem (1 Timothy 1:3). It sounded urgent and serious that Timothy dealt with the problem
- What are some of the key words used to describe God and Jesus Christ in this passage? E.g. v.1 ‘God our Savior’. What is the significance of these words in relation to why Christ came?
- In 1 Tim. 1:3-5, Paul refers to false teachers. What was the false message these false teachers were spreading?
- In 1 Tim. 1:10,11, Paul wrote about sound teaching as against false teaching. What did he say sound teaching is based on?
- Why did Jesus come into the world according to 1 Timothy 1:15? See also John 3:16-18; 1 Peter 3:18
- Paul declares ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…’, how does Jesus save? What is your experience of this salvation? What difference has it made in your life? See also John 1: 10-12; Titus 3:5;
- Paul talks about grace in relation to salvation. What are the other requirements for salvation according to 1 Timothy 1:1-20? How important are these requirements for salvation?
- In 1 Tim. 1:15, Paul uses the present tense to describe himself as a sinner, ‘… and I am the worst of them all.’ What do you suppose he is trying to communicate about believers? How is that important in confronting emphasis on observing the law? Why is that important in the Christian life? Do you think that there will come a time when a believer will no longer need Jesus Christ for salvation? Why or why not?
- Think of the things God has done for you regarding salvation (See v. 12 -16) and join Paul in praising God v.17