What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
- What is the one thing preachers should always proclaim?
- Why do we rejoice when Christ is preached?
- Who preaches Christ to you and who teaches you about Christ?
- Paul expresses his confidence in the prayers of the church. How can we have confidence in prayer? See John 15:7.
- God is sovereign over the details of our lives. Talk about some ways the Holy Spirit might have helped free Paul from prison.
- One way we help people is by praying for them. Who needs your prayer-help? Pray together.
Paul rejoiced because the church prayed for his deliverance and the Holy Spirit will make it happen. What are you hoping God does through the prayers of your church and the help of the Holy Spirit?
1 John 1:1-10 Application Questions:
- In what way did God comfort, challenge, correct, or encourage you today?
- If you took one step toward Jesus, what would it be? What would it look like for you to become more like Jesus?
- What does it look like to have fellowship with God and one another?
- Why is John so set on explaining the apostles’ role as eye witnesses to the life and teaching of Jesus? How does their role affect the reliability of Scripture?
- A false gospel cannot create fellowship with God. What are some of the characteristics of true fellowship with God through Christ?
- What does it mean that God is light and in him is no darkness at all (v.5)?
- Why is it impossible for a Christian to continue loving darkness/sin? What are the implications of this for our church?
- Explain why holiness, forgiveness, and fellowship go together.
- Why is the faithfulness and justice of God good news? See verse 9.
- What benefit did you receive from celebrating the Lord’s Supper with the church?
Every parent has expectations for his/her child. Every parent defines obedience and disobedience somewhat differently (what matters to me as a parent may not matter to you and vice versa). What I view as funny, you may see as disrespectful. What you overlook as normal childishness, I may see as disobedience which demands correction. Thinking through these issues from the perspective of discipleship can be helpful. Consider this quote from Andreas Kostenberger:
Parents who neglect to hold their children accountable for rendering obedience fail them in that they do not help them along the path of Christian discipleship, of which obedience is a central component. Hence the primary importance of obedience is not for parents to receive their children’s obedience, but for parents to help children to learn to exercise obedience ultimately in their relationship with God. The fact that proper obedience is possible, for children as well as for adults, ultimately only as a result of a faith commitment in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, suggests that introducing the child to a personal relationship with God in Christ ought to be a burning fire in the heart of every Christian parent (primarily because of their concern for their child’s salvation). Nevertheless, obedience should be demanded and obedience punished, even in non-Christian (not-yet) children.
Andreas Kostenberger, God, Marriage, and Family, page 106
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
- These verses describe two different preachers. Are the two preachers preaching a different message or are they preaching for different reasons?
- What are some bad motives, or bad reasons, to preach Christ?
- What are some good motives, or good reasons, to preach Christ?
- Should Christians stop sharing the gospel if sharing the gospel gets them into trouble? Why? See Acts 5:27-32.
- Paul had opponents who tried to hurt him. How can you prepare yourself for times when people might oppose you for doing what is right?
- What are some ways gospel churches compete against one another?
- What are some ways for you to show your love and support for Christians who belong to other churches?
Here is a link to bible study questions covering the Gospels and Acts, Old Testament narratives, epistles, wisdom literature and poetry, prophetic literature, and apocalyptic literature. There is also an 8 week plan for reading the Gospel of Mark evangelistically.
Philippians 1:12-14, “I want you to know brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.”
- Why is Paul in prison? See Philippians 1:7 &13
- Does prison stop the gospel from spreading? Why?
- Paul shared the gospel with the people around him. Who can you share the gospel with?
- How have you seen God work in a bad thing and make good come from it?
- Why do you think the brothers were afraid to share the gospel?
- Hearing about missionaries can make us bold. Tell your favorite missionary story. (Check out the story of Annie Armstrong here)
- What are you afraid of and how do you become confident in the Lord? See Philippians 4:4-9