Showing posts with label fellowship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fellowship. Show all posts

17 June 2020

1 Timothy 2:8-15

B2 Encourage members
C1 8 Men
D1 What does God want the Christian man to do?
D2 God wants men to pray, not fight and argue.
E1 Prayer is having fellowship with God.
E2 Can we understand this as having a cup of coffee with a good friend to converse? That is fellowship, too.
E3 In prayer, we converse with God. Remember Adam and Eve.
F1 The principle of fellowship with God is in this verse. The creator (Jesus) was not seeking them for punishment but coming for fellowship: Genesis 3:8 NIV Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
F2 1 John 1:3 NIV We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
F3 See also Genesis 5:22-24, Isaiah 57:15, John 14:23, Revelation 21:3-4, etc.
D3 God wants men to pray, not doubt.
F1 Faith is important. Faith is believing God. This does not mean it is a guarantee that God will answer the way we wish, but that He does listen. He is the Counselor of all counselors.
F2 Prayer is not just our asking for things. It is also telling Him our joys, fears, concerns, problems, wonderful things that happened today, etc.
C2 9-15 Women
D1 What does God want from Christian women?
D2 Women’s clothing.
E1 Appropriate dress. Many rich women (and men) dressed in very expensive clothing meant to impress people.
E2 A quote: Sandra Glahn argues that in Greco-Roman society, braids, gold, pearls and expensive clothes were a mark of affluence, “associated with a person’s rank.”[1] This suggests that the women of Ephesus were entangled with the love of money (3:3; 6:5-10) and status, and this was evident in their arrogant attitudes and ostentatious attire. Paul distinguished good works as the apparel of those who worship God (2:10), in contrast to the ostentatious display of rank and wealth associated with idolatry. [2] (The next article on Artemis will provide explanation for Paul’s emphasis on apparel in worship). [Source]
E3 What men and women wear should be appropriate to worship God in His presence.
E4 These principles apply to men as well.
D3 Instead of investing in expensive clothes, etc., God wants women (and men) to invest in doing good, doing good not for salvation but to honor God.
E1 2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
E2 There are spiritual works like preaching the Gospel, encouraging other believers, praying for others, etc.
E3 There are practical works, too, like teaching, giving, helping a neighbor, visiting widows, etc.
E4 We act, dress, talk as we believe in our heart.
D4 About teaching (I’ve spoken about this in another article, so to summarize):
E1 Men teach, women teach, parents teach, pastors teach. We teach each other.
E2 Thus, a dictator, someone with supreme authority who is not to be questioned but obeyed.
E3 That TYPE of woman or man must not teach.

Applications:
B1 Pray
B2 Pray for leaders and everyone else but especially for our Christian brothers and sisters.
B3 God wants all to be saved.
B4 Jesus is the ransom paid for all humans.
B5 Men are to pray and not argue and fight.
B6 We are not to have the love of money and flaunt our riches in the way we dress.
B7 A dictator type woman must not teach.

Questions:
B1 Why should we pray?
B2 What attitude should we have in prayer?
B3 How do our clothes express our beliefs?
B4 Why does God want fellowship with people?
B5 Why should we want fellowship with God?
B6 How do we fellowship with God?

23 October 2019

A Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 10

Titus 3:12-15 Final Greetings


Final Greetings

12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have determined to winter there.
13 Help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos in any way you can, so that they are lacking nothing.
14 Also, let ours learn to keep up good works for essential needs, so that they won’t be unfruitful.
15 All that are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Notes
B1 Paul doesn’t mind asking for assistance. Asking God for assistance is the first thing we do, but asking help from fellow believers is good and right.
C1 Acts 18:27 NIV When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.
C2 It is fellowship.
D1 God desires fellowship: 1 John 1:3 NLT We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
D2 United into one family: 1 Corinthians 10:16-18 NLT When we bless the cup at the Lord's Table, aren't we sharing in the blood of Christ? And when we break the bread, aren't we sharing in the body of Christ? 17 And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body. 18 Think about the people of Israel. Weren't they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar?
D3 The whole church: Philippians 4:14-15 NLT Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. 15 As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.
D4 In suffering: Hebrews 10:33-34 NLT Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.
D5 In hospitality: 1 Peter 4:9 NLT Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
D6 In prison: Colossians 4:10 NLT Aristarchus, who is in prison with me, sends you his greetings, and so does Mark, Barnabas's cousin. As you were instructed before, make Mark welcome if he comes your way.
D7 Financially: 1 Timothy 6:17-18 NLT Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.
D8 Brothers and sisters in the congregation: 1 Corinthians 14:26 NLT Well, my brothers and sisters, let's summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.
D9 Help when tempted, in sin, and/or other burdens (spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, financial, etc.): Galatians 6:1-2 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
D10 We need each other: Romans 1:12 NLT When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
D11 Our brother or sister should be a very high concern:
E1 1 Corinthians 10:24 NLT Don't be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.
E2 Philippians 2:1-4 CSB If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
D12 Praying for one another. Many, many of our brothers and sisters are suffering in every area of the world. Come, Lord Jesus: James 5:14-16 CSB Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.
B2 Verse 13 is to help our brothers and sisters in any ministry they have:
C1 Acts 18:27 CSB When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers and sisters wrote to the disciples to welcome him. After he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.
C2 Romans 16:1-2 WEL I commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is a deaconess of the church at Cenchrea, 2 So you may welcome her in the Lord in a worthy manner as saints and assist her in whatever matter she has need of you, for she has been a helper to many including me.
B3 Verse 14 Encourages us to not quit doing good works to honor God.
C1 Matthew 5:16 CSB In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
C2 Praying for each other that God will encourage and strengthen us to do them: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 CSB May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.
C3 God’s grace enables, provides, and strengthens us: 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
C4 We do these because we love our God and our brothers and sisters: Hebrews 6:9-10 CSB Even though we are speaking this way, dearly loved friends, in your case we are confident of things that are better and that pertain to salvation. 10 For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you demonstrated for his name by serving the saints—and by continuing to serve them.
B4 Verse 15 deals with greeting one another and encouraging in the faith.
C1 When we meet in a foreign place or a familiar place, let us greet one another and assist as needed.
C2 In the faith is the Gospel, doctrine, and life God wishes for us to be consistent. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 CSB Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. 14 Do everything in love.

21 February 2018

Making Up the Differences



Theme: Adoptive Discipleship

Scriptures:
Titus 2
1 Samuel 3:1-10
2 Timothy 2:2
Acts 8:26-40
Acts 18:24-28

Objectives: (From the D6 Fusion Sunday School Lesson book)
Know: Other believers can make up the difference when children do not have Christian parents to disciple them.
Think: I can pass along to others what I am learning in the faith.
Do: Be ready to step in to mentor and disciples those less mature in the faith.

Notes and questions:
B1 1 Timothy 4:13 NKJV Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
C1 Obviously, this passage is not just for pastors.
C2 It is for all of us.
C3 When we become Christians, we are ignorant. God wants to correct this.
C4 We can apply this to ourselves and our ministry to each other.
C5 Why is reading the Bible so important?
C6 Why do we need to encourage (exhort, preaching) each other in the faith?
C7 Why is teaching doctrine important?
C8 Why are these 3 things frequently neglected?
B2 Fellowship with God
C1 What is fellowship with God?
D1 Fellowship is partnership, togetherness, sharing, etc.
D2 God wants this. He enjoys this.
D3 God talks to us with the words of the Scripture. We talk to God in prayer. There is no voice, meditation, silence, emptiness. We are to be active in our faith, not in a passive state. 1 Peter 5:8
D4 The devil wants to separate and devour: 1 Peter 5:8 NKJV Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
D5 God wants to gather and bless
E1 Matthew 9:36 NKJV But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
E2 Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
E3 Luke 13:34 NKJV "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!
E4 He sought Adam: Genesis 3:9 NKJV Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
C2 Why does God want fellowship with us?
D1 He does not NEED fellowship with us.
D2 He wants fellowship with us; it is His character.
D3 Before conversion:
E1 Luke 19:9-10 NKJV And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
E2 John 10:10 NKJV The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
D4 God is a missionary. It is seen in the Old and New Testaments.
D5 John 16:8 HCSB When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment.
E1 The He is the Holy Spirit.
E2 He initiates salvation.
E3 After opening our hearts and minds, then he commands us, invites us to believe: Matthew 11:28 NKJV Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
C3 What role does God’s love have in regards to fellowship?
C4 Mateen Elass notes: One of the colossal differences between Christianity and Islam has to do with the “knowability” of God. Islam asserts that Allah is so transcendent and lofty that human beings cannot know him personally — indeed, that Allah is not interested in being personally known. And The biblical God, on the other hand, is one who from start to finish desires personal relationship with His human creatures. From the time of Eden, He is pictured as walking with Adam and Eve in the cool of the garden. Even after the rupture of relationship through the Fall, God is at work planning the restoration of harmony between heaven and earth. He reveals Himself to Abraham and promises to work for the blessing of all the earth through Abraham’s descendents (SIC).
B3 Two important concepts to discipling anyone.
C1 Truth
D1 Correspondence theory, that is, reality.
D2 God deals with reality, not necessarily with philosophy.
C2 Interpreting the Bible in its plain, normal sense.
D1 Don’t use systems of interpretation.
D2 Don’t interpret by doctrinal beliefs.
D3 Understand the passage in context and the grammatico-historical background.
B4 Titus 2,
C1 Outline
D1 Titus 2:1-2 Older men
D2 Titus 2:3-5 Older women
D3 Titus 2:6-8 Young men
D4 Titus 2:9-10 Slaves and masters
D5 Titus 2:11 God wants all to be saved
D6 Titus 2:12-15 Preach godliness
C2 Titus is instructed to teach all Christians some principles of Christian living. Why would Titus need to do this?
C3 Titus is instructed to teach that we are to live a godly lifestyle. How are people to know what a godly lifestyle is?
C4 Titus is to teach to look forward to the return of the Lord Jesus. Jesus is our Great God and Savior. Rejoice!
B5 1 Samuel 3:1-12,
C1 Why did God give His message to Samuel? Shouldn’t it have been given to Eli?
C2 What trait is Samuel showing at his young age in 1 Samuel 3:4-5?
C3 How would you interpret 1 Samuel 3:7?
C4 Why did Eli receive God’s judgment?
B6 2 Timothy 2:2,
C1 2 Timothy 2:2 WEB The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit the same to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
C2 Paul was taught and passed the information on. Timothy was taught and was encouraged to pass the information on. So it has come to us, and we must pass it on. Why is this important? How do we know it is the same information?
C3 What are the best ways to teach children this information?
C4 Is the method different for different age groups? If so, how?
B7 Acts 8:26-40,
C1 What is the importance of Scripture in conviction and acceptance of Jesus as our personal Messiah?
C2 Deacon Philip knew the Scriptures and doctrine. What would have been the result of his interaction with the Ethiopian Eunuch if he did not?
C3 Acts 8:38 NKJV So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Should a new convert be baptized quickly after conversion or later?
B8 Acts 18:24-28,
C1 Acts 18:25 NKJV This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John.
D1 Note the importance of the words had been instructed. If it was important to be instructed, why do some people today say it is not important anymore.
D2 He taught accurately. Paul, the Apostle, would know the true way and approved of Apollos’ teaching.
D3 What part of the gospel was Apollos lacking?
C2 Acts 18:26 NKJV So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. How does this show the importance of knowing the Scripture and doctrine?
B9 Next week:
C1 There can only be one
C2 The true gospel
C3 Scriptures
D1 Galatians 1:1-12
D2 Galatians 2:15-21