Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 2nd April 2017
Quarter Theme: Foundation for Christian Living
Topic: Fearlessly preach the word: through faith in Jesus Christ
Texts: 2 Tim.3:1-17; 4: 1-5
Memory Verse: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2Tim.3:16, NLT)
The happenings today make it clear that the end of time is here. In our text (2 Tim. 3:1-5), Paul signals Timothy to the danger of the last days. He describes what is prevalent in this present age- people have become lovers of self, money, pleasure, and ungodliness. These perils have greatly infiltrated the church with the rise of new teachings that oppose God’s instructions. As believers, we are witnesses of Christ, now more than ever we are implored not to conform to the world’s standard, but to stand firm in our faith and confidently proclaim the truth in the word of God.
It should be noted that studying the Bible is a precondition to effectively preach the gospel and oppose false teaching because the word teaches us the truth, it helps us to identify our flaws, it corrects us, teaches us to do right, trains us (2Tim.3:16), and builds up our faith (Rom 10:17). For personal reflection- in our daily lives, how often do we spend time to hear from God through his word?
It is necessary to preach the gospel with our words and more importantly with our actions. Paul stresses in 2Tim.3:12 that everyone who wants to live a godly life must suffer persecution. Therefore, we must acknowledge that our faith in Jesus is the only thing that will keep us going when we are mistreated for living right. We should also consider trials as an opportunity to proclaim Gods love.
As we commit to propagating the truth in these perilous and wicked days, Paul encourages us in 2 Tim 4:1-5 to:
- Preach the word of God with intensity
- Be prepared always-spiritually, physically, mentally (vs 2)
- Patiently correct, rebuke and encourage with good teaching (vs 2)
- Keep a clear mind in all situations (vs 5)
- Do not be afraid of suffering for the Lord (vs 5)
- Continue to tell everyone about the good news of Christ
May God help us to be worthy servants who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly teach the word of truth (2 Tim 2: 15).
- Have you ever been in a situation where you defended the “truth” without having scriptures to back up what you are saying? How did you deal with that situation and what lessons did you learn from that experience?
- 2 Tim 3:17; 4:2 implores us to be equipped and prepared for the task ahead; (a) in your own words, explain what it means to be prepared? (b) What is the place of personal devotion and fellowship in equipping us?
- What characters/virtues are essential for a preacher (2. Tim 3:10)?
- According to 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (a) Give examples of some myths false preachers are circulating today? (b) What are the truths in the word of God that counter these myths?
- Discuss practical ways to deal with teachers or “Christians” that oppose the truth.