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Approved Unto God
2 Timothy 2:14-21
Sunday, October 15, 2017

  • Do you feel useful? When do you feel most useful?

  • If you have something extremely important to remember, how do you remind yourself of it? How can you that help you remember the Gospel? How is it possible to make the Gospel your priority without being monotonous or tedious?

  • Is the pastor the only spiritual "workman" in the body of Christ? In what ways do others toil in the work of the kingdom?

  • Why is the bodily resurrection central to the Christian message? Go back and read 1 Corinthians 15 and remind yourself of the centrality of the resurrection.

  • Why does it seem that false teaching spreads more easily and quickly than sound doctrine?

  • Paul's calls us to handle the Word of God, rightly. How will we know if we are handling in rightly?

How Do I Endure Suffering?
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Sunday, October 08, 2017

  • Have you ever suffered for the Gospel? When? How did you respond?

  • When you are told to "Remember Jesus Christ", what are the very first things that come to mind? How often do you remember Jesus Christ? How can you discipline yourself to remember Jesus Christ more?

  • Paul explained that he endured suffering so other could hear of Jesus. Think up three things you endure (or would be willing to endure) so that you can serve others.

  • In what specific ways can you die with Christ, endure and remain faithful to Christ? What, other than Jesus, are you currently tempted to place your hope in?

  • How does your understanding of election fuel or hinder your desire to share the Gospel?

  • What are the implications in your life that even when we are faithless, God will remain faithful?

Endure Hardship
2 Timothy 2:1-7
Sunday, October 01, 2017

  • What pictures comes into your mind when you think of ministers and ministry? Have you ever thought of pastors as spiritual athletes? How about spiritual Green Berets?

  • Paul commanded Timothy to "be strengthened" in the Grace of Christ Jesus. Which source provides you with the most "strength": prayer, Bible reading, listening to sermons, meeting with other Christians, worshiping through music or Christian books?

  • We are called to entrust the Gospel to FAT men (faithful, available, teachable). Do you have someone you are entrusting the Gospel to? Do you have some you look up to as a mentor? If you don't please take some time now and ask God to bring someone into your life to serve in each of these roles.

  • Which illustration of Paul's do you most relate to (soldier, athlete, farmer)why? What can you learn from each illustration?

  • Paul calls us to single-minded devotion to Christ our commanding officer. What is distracting you today? How can you put aside those distractions and focus on Jesus?

  • A farmer is called to hard work and yet his fruit is often months off into the future. The same is true in the Christian life. Since we often can't see visible results in ministry, how can we evaluate whether or not we're being effective?

Not Ashamed
2 Timothy 1:8-18
Sunday, September 24, 2017

  • Do you see Christianity as primarily personal or community? What can you do to include more believers into your daily walk? What can our church do to be more effective at living life together?

  • Who among your friends, family or co-workers has expressed antipathy toward the Gospel? What is the person's underlying philosophy behind the rejection?

  • What situation have you encountered in the last month or two where it has been difficult or unpopular to take a Christian stance? How did you respond? How do you wish you had responded?

  • The Gospel is about grace. How can you remind yourself today of your need for grace?

  • How would you counsel a believer who told you that he lived in fear of death?

  • Who do you believe God is leading you to share your faith with? Please pray right now for the power and the opportunity to speak to them about Jesus.

Fan the Flame
2 Timothy 1:3-7
Sunday, September 10, 2017

  • Paul gave thanks in the midst of his suffering, what are you thanking God for today?

  • What is attractive about the relationship between Paul and Timothy? Do you have a similar relationship with anyone?

  • Take a minute and read Luke's account of Lois & Eunice (Acts 16:1-5). What did you learn? What stands out to you about Timothy's mother and grandmother? How has your mom impacted your spiritual life? What is a mother's role in raising godly children when her husband is not a Christian?

  • What is your picture of Timothy? Do you think it is fair to view him as sickly, scared, mama's boy? Why or Why Not?

  • What assignment has God laid on your heart? How has He equipped you to fulfill it? How can you use God's gifts in your life in between the major tasks He assigns you?

  • What aspect of your assignment from God makes you nervous or anxious? Which of God's promises addresses this particular fear?

A Life Lived Well
2 Timothy 1:1-3
Sunday, September 03, 2017

  • Paul thanks God for Timothy. Who are you currently thanking God for? Why take a few minutes and drop them a note, letting know that you are praying for them and thanking God for them.

  • Paul comments that he thanks God "night and day" and "constantly" for Timothy. What is the difference between being in a continuous state of prayer and setting aside specific times of prayer?

  • Paul prays for grace, MERCY, and peace. Who do you know who needs "mercy" today? How could you help in that need?

  • Take the 15 minutes necessary to read the book of 2 Timothy. What do you think Timothy felt when he read it for the first time? What would be the climax of the letter for you?

A Tale of Three Men
3 John
Sunday, August 27, 2017

  • Did you ever run out of money when you were away from home? What did you do? Who extended hospitality to you when you needed it most?

  • Do you find opening up your home to new people easy or difficult? Why is that?

  • John calls us to be hospitable. Take a few minutes and read a few of the other references to hospitality in the New Testament (Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9; 1 Timothy 3:2; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Timothy 5:10; Acts 4:32-38; Hebrews 13:16) How are you showing hospitality? How could you be more hospitable?

  • John condemns Diotrephes for "gossiping maliciously". Do you struggle with gossip? How do you interact on social media? (If you have time listen to Mark Devers sermon on how to guard your social media posts (Joy that is Complete)

  • Would you want your physical health to match your spiritual health? If not, how can you correct this situation?

  • John's greatest joy was that his children continued to walk in the truth. What brings you the greatest joy?

  • Which of the three questions we ended with do you find the most convicting? (1. How do you need to change this morning to be more like Gaius?; 2. Where are you most tempted to be like Diotrephes?; 3. How is your reputation, is it like Demetrius?)

Walk in Truth & Love
2 John 4-13
Sunday, August 20, 2017

  • John rejoiced that children of the elect lady were walking in the truth. What in your children's life causes you to rejoice? If you asked your children what you most desired from their life, what do you think they would say? (maybe even risk asking them)

  • Why must truth be lived rather than simply believed? Does failing to live out a belief mean it isn't true?

  • How would you explain the relationship of truth and love? How does John's discussion help? Take a few minutes and re-read 1 John for more information.

  • Have you ever thought about receiving crowns in heaven? The New Testament mentions five crowns take a minute and read about each. Imperishable Crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-25); Crown of Rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19); Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8); Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4); Crown of Life (Revelation 2:10)

  • Are you hospitable? How does John's warning against inviting deceivers into your house impact your hospitality? What doctrines or truths do you believe rise to the level of separating over?

  • Why does the body of Christ bring such joy to the Apostle John? Does spending time with God's people bring you joy? why or why not?

Truth & Love
2 John 1-3
Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • When you read 2 John, to who do you think the book is written - an elect lady or a specific church congregation? Why?

  • Which is easier for you, to "walk in love" or to "walk in truth"?

  • John describes truth, not as a set of beliefs, but as a person. How does viewing truth as Jesus change or impact your view of truth? How does it change the way you strive to live out truth?

  • How do we decide which truths must never be compromised, versus where we should be tolerant for the sake of love?

  • Should we love those who deny essential truth about Christ and the Gospel? If so, how?

  • How would you classify your Christian walk - as walking or meandering?

Grow in Grace & Knowledge
2 Peter 3:17,18
Sunday, August 6, 2017

  • What are some of the subtle spiritual errors of our day that we need to be on guard against?

  • Have you ever felt that you were too mature or spiritual to be led astray? How does Barnabas' and Peter's example impact those feelings? What can we do to make certain we don't fall?

  • What is the difference between knowing about Christ and knowing Christ? Can you have one without the other?

  • Peter says that some of Paul's writings are hard to understand, what Biblical doctrines or passages are you currently having a hard to understanding? How do you deal with passages which confuse you?

  • As you examine yourself today, are you growing? How do measure if you are growing? What are some biblical tests for growth?

  • As you reflect back upon the whole of 2 Peter, what did you find most challenging in the book? most encourage? most perplexing or confusing?

Speed His Coming!
2 Peter 3:11-16
Sunday, July 30, 2017

  • Have you ever thought in terms of speeding Christ return? Do you believe it is possible? Why or Why not?

  • Can you honestly say you are longing for the return of Jesus? Are there any events you are longing for more? Are there lies of Satan that are keeping you from longing for His return as you ought? How can you address those lies?

  • Peter commands us to make every effort to be found spotless and blameless (2 Peter 3:14). Are you making no effort, some effort, or every effort? What in your schedule or life would need to change for you to give more energy toward holiness?

  • Peter wants us to be stand in stark contrast to the false teachers. If you asked your neighbor, do you think he could see a difference in the way you live (priorities, pleasures, use of time and resources) than others?

  • Because Christ could come today, we must have a heart for the lost. How would you evaluate your heart for lost people? Who do you need to be praying for to find Jesus?

  • When you know the truth of God's Word, it is easier to spot false teaching. Knowing God's Word helps you also to know the character of God, which is righteous...the Bible says false teachers are filled with pride, immorality and greed. Are you a sincere student of God's Word?

Like a Thief in the Night
2 Peter 3:8-13
Sunday, July 23, 2017

  • Have you ever had your house or apartment broken into? How did you respond? How would you respond if you knew someone was trying to break in?

  • Peter argues that God's view of time is different than ours. What are some practical applications that stem from understanding God's perspective on time?

  • The Day of the LORD is both a terrifying and exciting time. Terrifying for those who don't know Jesus, and exciting for those of us who do. Take a few minutes and read a couple of the passages that discussion the Day of the LORD (Jer. 46:10; Ezek. 13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Amos 5:18, 20; Obad. 15; Zeph. 1:7, 14; Mal. 4:1, 5; Acts 2:20; 1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14; 1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:2; Rev. 16:14). What stands out to you from each passage?

  • What frustrations does God's patience produce? How is God's patience a benefit (2 Peter 3:9,15) Do you have any family or friends you have been praying for, how does God's patience encourage you?

  • "End times" is a popular topic these days, how could you use cultures fascination to be a witness for Christ this week? What friends or neighbors might you be able to engage in a conversation about the Lord?

  • As a side note, this week is VBS, would you please take a few extra minutes and pray for the leaders, helpers and all the kids?

Remember: The End is Coming
2 Peter 3:1-7
Sunday, July 16, 2017

  • If you were in charge of the world clock, would you slow it down or speed it up? Why?

  • What should we do when people mock Christianity? How can we be faithful to Christ while we wait for His return?

  • Are the Bible and science at odds? Must we abandon reason and go by blind faith to believe in the Bible?

  • In the book of Acts we see when Paul deals with pagans he goes back to creation. How can we use creation to share the Gospel with friends and neighbors who have little to no Bible background? (Acts 14:8-20; Acts 17:16-33)

  • The scoffers were allowing their desires to drive their thinking. Have you ever been guilty of that? How did you (or perhaps how can you) gain victory over your sinful desires?

  • The second coming of Jesus is a fundamental doctrine of the faith. Why do you believe it a bodily return in power and glory to judge the world is essential? How would you answer someone who denies or ignores His promised return?

Creatures Born to be Killed
2 Peter 2:10-22
Sunday, July 09, 2017

  • Of the three Old Testament illustrations that Peter uses in chapter 2 (Noah, Lot and Balaam), which can you most relate to? Which are you most challenged by? Which are your most intrigued by?

  • How does Peter's mention of Balaam, change or shape your view of Balaam from Numbers 22-24? What is the lesson of Balaam for you?

  • We do not know for certain who the "celestial beings" are. Whoever they are, the false teachers slander the spiritual realities they did not understand, taking Satan's power lightly and claiming to have the ability to judge evil. How do we make certain we do not take Satan and evil lightly?

  • Peter describes the life of the false teachers as proud, immoral and greedy. Which of these is the greatest temptation for you?

  • A person is a slave to whatever controls him. Many believe that freedom means doing anything we want, but Peter describes these false teachers not as free, but as slaves. Does any sin own you? How can we be free form the trap of sinful habits?

  • Peter seems to indicate that these false teachers knew Christ. Do you believe that a person can lose their salvation? Why or why not? How would you defend your answer from Scripture?

  • False teachers are a real danger, not just to themselves but to the church as well. How do we make certain our church doesn't have false teachers? What would you do if you believed the pastor or one of the church leaders was not living up to their position?

Is God Fair?
2 Peter 2:3-9
Sunday, July 02, 2017

  • Ezekiel 14:14 says Noah, Daniel and Job were godly. As you look at Scripture who would you place in your top ten of godly individuals?

  • Peter speaks of the sin of the angels, what sin do you believe he is talking about? Read Jude and Genesis 6 for cross reference.

  • Hell is a very depressing topic, how would you explain hell to someone who was not a follower of Jesus?

  • Jesus seems to say that God condemned the ancient world because they lived life with no thought of Him (Luke 17:22-35). How often do you live with God in mind? How can we discipline ourselves to live each day with a constant thought of God?

  • Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5), are you? What keeps you from "preaching"? What do you need to do to become more effective in your preaching? Who do you need to preach to this week?

  • Lot found living for God in a filthy world is difficult, do you? What is currently the greatest obstacle for you living for God? How do you think you could overcome the obstacle?

Beware of False Teachers
2 Peter 2:1-3
Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • When you think of a false teacher, who or what group comes to mind? Why?

  • Have you, or someone you know, been deceived or misled by someone who appeared to be a sincere Christian? Why wasn't the person's deception obvious at first? What was the outcome?

  • How can we determine which doctrines are serious enough to qualify as "destructive heresies"? What criteria apply? How do we as a church stand against heresy, but not be overly dogmatic and divisive

  • What would you do if you questioned whether something a teacher taught you was true or not? Would this be the right response?

  • If it is so plain that judgment awaits these false teachers, why does anyone follow them? If they are so evil, why do you think God allow them to teach in His church?

  • One of the characteristics of a false teacher is greed. How do you determine which ministries are worthy of your financial support?

Are You Sure
2 Peter 1:19-21
Sunday, June 11, 2017

  • If a non-Christian asked you to "prove" the Scriptures are God's Word, on what would you base your answer? How does that answer affect your Bible study habits? Your witness? Your lifestyle?

  • Since Christians have so many different interpretations of the Word, how do we determine which are right and which are of primary importance?

  • Has your "experience" ever led you incorrectly? If so how did you find out you were headed down the wrong path?

  • What does a "disciplined" study of God's Word look like to you? If you were to improve your regular study of God's Word, what would you do?

  • Name one time when you changed something in your life because of what you learned in God's Word? How often does this happen? When was the last time?

  • Peter hints at the glory of having the lamp of God's Word replaced by the light of God's Son. Take a minute and read Revelation 21 and contemplate what heaven in God's presence will be like

Remember - His Coming
2 Peter 1:16-18
Sunday, June 04, 2017

  • If you could have been present for any one event in the life of Jesus, which would you choose? Why?

  • Peter wants to remind us of "these things." Take a minute and reread 2 Peter 1:1-11. What stands out to in those verses? What encouragement do you receive? What changes do you need to make in light of those?

  • If someone told you that you were following "cleverly devised myths", how would you respond? What proof or evidence would you hold out to defend your belief system?

  • Take a minute and read the transfiguration story from Luke 9:18-36 and Mark 9:1-13. What stands out from the story to you? What would you must like to have clarified for you? If you were Peter (or James or John) how do you think the experience would have impacted your life? Do you think of the transfiguration as a good defense of the second coming or do you feel like Peter is reaching?

  • Do you think often about the return of Jesus? If you knew that Jesus was returning tomorrow, how would effect your life today? Have you ever begun a day, ask for Jesus to return? Do you think it would have any impact on your life if you did?

2 Peter 1:12-15
Sunday, May 28, 2017

  • Peter sees his body as a tent and death as an exodus. How does that change your idea of death? What encouragement do you get from those images?

  • Peter wants to remind us of "these things." Take a minute and reread 2 Peter 1:1-11. What stands out to in those verses? What encouragement do you receive? What changes do you need to make in light of those?

  • Peter desired to "stir up" his readers. What do you need to be stirred up today?

  • Because we all struggle to remember, what specific things are you doing to make certain you don't forget God's instruction? What additional things could you do? Do you think a life group would help you remember?

  • Peter wanted to make certain the next generation remembered, what are you doing to reach the next generation? What can we as a church do to reach the next generation?

A Mother's Praise
Luke 1:46-55
Sunday, May 14, 2017

  • Take a minute and reflect upon the many verses that impacted Mary's prayer (Psalm 34:2; Isaiah 45:21; 1 Samuel 1:11; Psalm 136:23; Psalm 126:3; Psalm 111:9; Psalm 107:8,9; Habakkuk 3:18). Are your prayers impacted by Scripture and reflect Scriptures? How?

  • Of the attributes of God celebrated by Mary (Lordship, Savior, Omniscient, Omnipotence, Holy, Mercy, Sovereign, Gracious, Generous, Just, Faithful, Eternal) which do you appreciate most? Which challenges you the most? Why?

  • Would you consider your prayers filled with thanksgiving? Would you consider taking 15 minutes a week to reflect upon the question "I have seen God's grace this week..."?

  • Would Mary consider you "God's humble servant" or "proud, rich ruler"? Why?

  • How can you thank your mother for the impact she has had on you? How can you praise God for your mom?

Grow in Godliness
2 Peter 1:5-7
Sunday, May 7, 2017

  • How often do you spend time memorizing God's Word? Please take a few minutes and work on 2 Peter 1:5-7

  • For Peter everything begins with faith - have you believed? Where is your faith failing today? How can you strengthen your faith?

  • As you examine your current walk with Christ, would you say you are making every effort, some effort, a little effort or no effort toward godliness? How could you rearrange your life to accommodate more time for godliness?

  • Peter comes up with a list of spiritual qualities. If you were to make up your own list, what qualities would you include? How does Peter's compare to yours? How does Paul's list compare? (1 Timothy 6:11; Galatians 5:22)

  • As you examine the seven qualities that Peter shares, which one do find in the greatest measure in your life? which one do you need to work the most upon?

Grow in Grace & Peace
2 Peter 1:1-4
Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • Have you ever thought about the Bible written specifically to you? Does that change your opinion of 2 Peter, if so how?

  • If we all have a faith of "equal standing" why do think divisions are so common in the world? in the church? in our homes? What can you do to try and bridge these divisions?

  • Peter talks about the power of Christ. Why is this an important starting point in his book? What does Christ's power do for believers? (read some of the following verses Matthew 24:30; Mark 5:30; Luke 4:14; 5:17; Romans 1:4, 2 Corinthians 12:9)

  • What does "partakers of the divine nature mean? What does it not mean (consider: John 3:3; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23; Romans 8:1,9; John 1:12; Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

  • If God's power is unleashed in our lives through knowledge of God - what are you doing to increase your knowledge of Him? what will you do this week to grow in your knowledge?

Know and Grow
2 Peter 1:1
Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Take a few minutes and please read the entire book of 2 Peter (read or listen)As you read make note (or underline) every time Peter mentions remembering or knowledge.

  • As you read, what themes or topics did you notice repeated? What questions came up? What would you like to study further?

  • Simon Peter was a constant struggle between his old life and his new. What struggles from your old life are plaguing you today? What failures do you need to confess and receive God's forgiveness?

  • Peter was a slave of Jesus Christ. What are you slave to?

Doubter Turned Worshipper
John 20:24-31
Sunday, April 16, 2017

  • What part of the Easter story moves you the most? (Jesus' encounter with Mary, Meeting the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus, Showing up in the upper room with the 12, His interaction with Thomas, etc.) why?

  • Of all the things that Jesus must have said, why does John record "peace be with you" three times (John 20:19, 21, 26) How does this relate to their fears?

  • How does Jesus respond to the doubts of Thomas? (i.e. tenderly, in his own way, with the evidence he asked for, etc.) How do you think God would deal with your doubts?

  • What doubts or questions about God are you struggling with right now? What have you found helpful in dealing with doubts in the past?

  • What has convinced you of who Jesus is?

Majestic Surrender
John 18:1-11
Sunday, April 9, 2017

  • How do you think the disciples felt when they saw the column of Roman soldiers approaching? How do you think the soldiers felt after Jesus spoke?

  • Seeing how Jesus deals with the soldiers and Peter, what do you learn about Jesus?

  • How does Peter show he still doesn't grasp what is going on? When do you think Peter finally did understand? Are you normally quick or slow to understand what God is doing in your life?

  • When have you felt you had a better way to deal with things that Jesus? How did that work out for you?

  • How does Jesus' decision to "drink the cup" help you in your obedience to God? What issue of obedience is challenging you right now?

  • How often do you thank God for the gift of salvation? Would you commit to taking time each day this week leading up to Easter and praising Him?

John 13:18-30
Sunday, April 2, 2017

  • Have you ever been betrayed? How did you respond?

  • If you had been sitting at the table, what would you be feeling when Jesus predicts His betrayal?

  • In foretelling His betrayal, what do you sense in Jesus: Resolution? Resignation? Restlessness? What do you sense in His disciples? In Judas?

  • If you knew ahead of time that someone would "stab you in the back," how would you treat that person? How did Jesus treat Judas? What can you learn?

The Full Extent of His Love
John 13:1-17
Sunday, March 26, 2017

  • Jesus knew exactly what was ahead, would you like to know how and when you would die? How would that knowledge impact your life today if you did?

  • Do you find it easier or harder to do "humble" tasks when others are watching? Are there areas of service you are involved in, only because you know others are watching?

  • Peter refused to have Jesus wash his feet. Do you appreciate the humble acts of service others do for you? When was the last time someone served you? How did you respond?

  • Jesus told Peter in the future he would understand what HE was doing. What do you think Peter learned? Read 1 Peter 5, and see if you find anything Peter learned.

  • Jesus calls all of us to humble service. What specific act of service can you do this week?

The Lord of Peace
2 Thessalonians 3:16-18
Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Prayer is a huge priority in Paul's life and in the book of 2 Thessalonians, is it a priority in your life? Where do you need to pray more? For who would God have you prayer today?

  • Paul prays five times 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:14-16; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 3:16-18; how can studying Paul's prayers help you to be more intentional in your prayer life?

  • On a scale from 1 ("blissfully peaceful") to 10 ("high anxiety") where would you rate your sense of God's peace now? Where in particular do you need help?

  • What testimony can you share in regards to how "the LORD of peace" has given you peace in the midst of the trials and difficult circumstances of life?

  • When you feel lonely what do you? Paul prays for the LORD to be with you all, claim that promise and seek God's presence the next time you are struggling with loneliness.

Work Hard!
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
Sunday, March 12, 2017

  • What are some Biblical reasons for a Christian to be an excellent worker? Where do you need to improve in your work habits?

  • Describe how Paul, Silas, and Timothy demonstrated a strong work ethic. Read Acts 17 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-17 for on Paul's work ethic.

  • Paul often encourages others to imitate or follow him (1 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 11:1, Galatians 4:12, Philippians 3:17, 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 2 Thessalonians 3:7). Who are you mentoring? Who should you be?

  • Describe a situation in which the behavior of someone else has made you "weary". What can you do to not become weary in doing good?

  • Why do the "strong" church members often fail at holding the "irresponsible" members accountable? Why do you think church discipline has become so rare?

Pray for Us!
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Sunday, March 5, 2017
  • Who do you pray for regularly? Who should you be praying for regularly?

  • Take a few minutes and read a few verses which remind us of God's Faithfulness (Exodus 34:6; Deuteronomy 7:9; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 33:4; Psalm 36:5; Psalm 89: 1,2,5,8; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 100:5; Psalm 117:2; Psalm 145:13; Lamentations 3:22-23; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 Peter 4:15; 1 John 1:9; Revelation 1:9,11). What did you learn about God's faithfulness?

  • Paul was speaking of God's faithfulness in the context of prayer. What prayer request has God answered for you lately? Please take a minute and say thank you to Him for His willingness and power to answer.

  • Would you consider pledging to God to pray for Pastor Dan and the church daily for the next 30 days? If so take the steps necessary to remind yourself daily to pray

  • Please consider praying daily "Lord, cause your word to run and be honored in the ministries of Victor Baptist church and in the missions we support."

  • How are God's love and Christ's perseverance needed in your life today?

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
Sunday, February 26, 2017
  • Did you grow up in a church which had benedictions? What can you learn from Paul's use of benedictions? Have you ever pronounced a benediction on someone else? why or why not?

  • How would you explain and defend the deity of Jesus to someone who doesn't know Christ?

  • Which are you in great need of today - encouragement, comfort or strength? How can God's eternal encouragement help you today?

  • Read Psalm 56:3,4. What do these verses say to you? God knows our every need. As His child, you can go directly to Him and ask for encouragement from Him for yourself.

  • Put Paul's prayer in your own words, and then pray it for someone else, and then consider dropping them a note, making a call or going and visit them.

Stand Firm by God's Grace
2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
Sunday, February 19, 2017
  • You are loved by God! Where have you seen God's love today, this past week, this past month?

  • Describe a time when you experienced the truth of God's Word relieving you of fear.

  • Your election of God before the creation of the world, does it encourage you? scare you? confuse you? How would you explain election to someone who didn't know Jesus?

  • How does recognizing your identity and position in Christ provide you with the security necessary for living victoriously for Christ?

  • What part of your identity or position in Christ do you find most challenging (God's love, election, salvation or call)

  • What encouragement do these verse give you as you face hard times? Where do you most need encouragement and strength today?

The Day of the LORD
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Sunday, February 12, 2017
  • Does the study of end times excite or scare you? Why do you think the Thessalonians were so "shaken" and "alarmed" by the thought of the Day of the LORD?

  • The man of lawlessness is the a big part of the chapter. Take a few minutes and read what Daniel (Daniel 9:25-27) and John (Revelation 13) teach about this individual.

  • How does Paul's explanation of the Day of the LORD clarify the events in your mind? How do they offer more questions for you?

  • Paul's discussion about the future is very brief. What specific questions would you ask him, if you were able?

  • How does Satan seek to counterfeit Jesus through the coming and reign of the "man of lawlessness"? (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)

  • What is the ultimate reason people perish? In contrast, what do you think would be the result of choosing to "love the truth"?

  • What does Paul mean by suggesting that God will send "strong delusion" to those who do not love the truth? How you defend this doctrine to a non-Christian friend?