THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH/BE STRONG/STAND UP FOR JESUS/THE WAY TO GO
25 Feb 18
1 Timothy 6: 11-21
KEY VERSE: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6: 12)
- To know the attitudes Timothy is to embrace and avoid.
- To value the attitudes that God’s Word tells us to embrace.
- To highlight that each member not pastors alone have something to do for God.
- To change our attitudes and commit to be more Godly.
- To serve God by using the gifts with confidence.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Acts 16: 1-5; 1 Corinthians 4: 14-21; Philippians 2: 25-30; 1 Thessalonians 3: 1-10; 1 Timothy 6: 2b-10.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
- Flee—by flight, to flee away, seek safety
- Godless—-empty disputing, worthless babble, babbling.
- Paul—servant of God, church planter, Hebrew of Hebrews.
- Pontius Pilate—governor of Judea during the life of Jesus.
- Pursue—follow after, prolonged ensuing, press forward.
- Timothy—trusted assistant of Paul, young church leader.
Breaking up fallow ground/Tilling the soil
- What are your goals in life?
- Are those short term or long-range goals? Five year plan? Ten-year plan?
- What are your spiritual goals?
- How can you make your spiritual goals first and primary?
- How is it possible to have a Biblically/Spiritually based church?
- Does being very young or old determine the kind of goals you make?
- What can a believer do to encourage or motivate another to endure the hardships of ministry?
THE SEED THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH/BE STRONG 1 TIMOTHY 6: 11-21
- The Fight of Faith (1 Timothy 6: 11-14)
- Address to the man of God
- He is to flee some things and follow after others
- Challenged to fight the good fight, to be faithful.
- Have your belief matched by your behavior.
- Jesus was perfect while Pilate was imperfect, without spot or wrinkle.
- Careful Commands (1Timothy 6: 15-18)
- God will reveal who is really a true warrior.
- God is not visible to any man and works with power.
- God charges us to be what we ought to be.
- Our goal is to do good and be rich with good works.
- Guard Your Heart (1 Timothy 6:19-21)
- We have to send up our timber every day for our eternal building.
- Eternal life is available to those who seek it and make a commitment to trust God.
- What errors to some believers make?
PLANTING THE SEED
- How does the dangers of wealth relate to contentment?
- What was Timothy to flee and what was he to hold on to or pursue?
- What does the word “fight” tell us about the Christian life?
- What ought we do if we would “lay hold on eternal life”?
- What commandments are we urged to keep?
- How can believers be blameless in God’s sight?
- What are some of the titles assigned to God showing His worthiness of all honor?
- What instructions are given to those who have wealth?
- How should the wealthy view their riches?
- What was Timothy to guard?
NURTURING THE SEED
- Name some areas of life that Christians find difficulty in fleeing evil and pursuing Godliness.
- When have you seen a believer following god being falsely accused?
- How can false accusation be used to advance the Gospel?
- How can we be encouraged in times of crisis?
- What does The Bible teach about money and wealth?
- How can we keep wealth from becoming a burden?
- How can debates with unbelievers affect our Christian witness?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
- Living for Christ will lead to conflict with the world.
- God is glorified when believers are pursued and attacks ultimately fail.
- God does what He will in His own time and for His own purpose.
- Material wealth is provided by God as a tool for His people to use for ministry.
- Self-indulgence brings out selfishness.
- Sharing wealth with others is a way of investing in the kingdom of God.
- Trust God to supply all your needs.
- Avoid pointless debates and focus on knowing God.
- Pursue righteousness.
- Live obediently.
- Trust God.
- Focus on Scripture.
- True treasure in God comes through faith in Jesus.
- In spite of adversity and opposition, faith in Jesus is worth sanding up for.
- Peer pressure causes us to forget the God who wants to make us content.
- Should Christians focus on fame and fortune or spiritual service?