This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Isn’t rejoicing more fun with another? How about handling a difficult trial? Learning something new? Going on a trip? The Psalmist knows this and uses the word US on purpose! Community is not only fun and wonderful, but it is also biblical. God desires for us to engage with others on our individual journeys. He has put us in families, neighborhoods, churches, and schools so we would learn from Him and from one another. In the following Scripture, Paul asks Timothy to intentionally engage, discern, and teach those God has put in His path. How will you and I participate in this same mission today!
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ 2 Timothy 2:1-2 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
+ Who does Paul address at the beginning of verse 1?
+ What relationship does he use to address his audience?
+ How does this address give ample room to include others in the message that follows?
+ What is the verb phrase in this verse? What other information is found as fuel in the prepositional phrases that follow?
+ How does that change the way each of us are motivated and equipped to perform the instruction that follows in verse 2?
2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
+ Verse 1 says to be strengthened by grace found in Jesus. What additional fuel for the journey does Paul tell Timothy he has access to in verse 2?
+ What is Timothy to DO know that he has a grace-filled relationship with Jesus and has been mentored by Paul with God’s truth?
+ What are the key verbs in verse 2? ___________, _____________, and _______________
+ What type of men should Timothy journey with in verse 2?
+ What is one of the aims of this God appointed relationship?
+ Draw a picture of the relationship/discipleship model Paul lays out for Timothy in these two short verses. + + + How might this verse relate to Matthew 28:18-20 below?
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
+ How is Paul modeling Jesus’s words for Timothy? How are you modeling, Jesus’s words with someone He has sent to you? How have you been equipped for this process?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)