Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Titus

Titus 2:7-10 - 27th March 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Titus 2:7-10
  2. Who is being addressed? (e.g. "yourself", "us", "our")
  3. Are there any commands in this passage?
    1. What should be true of the teaching?
    2. What should be true of bondservants?
  4. What should happen as a result of these things? (v. 8, 10)
  5. What repeated words/ideas do you see?
    1. Are there any connections to previous verses? (e.g. 1:9, 2:5, etc.)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How would you define integrity?
    1. What do you think it means to show integrity in teaching?
    2. What would be an example of speech that could be condemned?
  2. Who are the opponents?
    1. How would dignity & integrity "put them to shame"?
  3. What does the repeated phrase "to be" communicate?
    1. How does the gospel enable someone to become these things?
  4. How would bondservants acting in these ways "adorn the doctrine of God our Savior"?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Do you know of teachers that lack integrity or dignity? Perhaps outsiders have evil things to say about them.
    1. What's the difference between a teacher who sins and a teacher who lacks integrity or who has a pattern of unsound speech?
    2. How does this affect who we listen to in church or on the internet?
  2. In which ways can you model the characteristics described in these verses? What are some ways that you have fallen short of them?
    1. Confess ways that you fall short and repent.
  3. What would it look like to apply these things as a church? (e.g. How can we grow as a community of integrity, etc.)
  4. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made.
  5. Sing all or part of the song A Christian's Daily Prayer to God and to one another.
in John

John 3:1-15 - 20th March 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 3:1-15
  2. What is the setting of this event?
  3. Who are the characters involved?
  4. What words do you see repeated in these verses?
  5. How would you summarize Nicodemus's questions? What is it that he wants to know from Jesus?
  6. What comparisons/contrasts do you see in Jesus' answers? (e.g. Spirit is compared with wind)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why do you think that Nicodemus went to meet with Jesus at night?
    1. Do you think that Nicodemus was one of the people from John 2:23-25, who only believed in Jesus because of his signs?
    2. Why or why not?
  2. What do you think Jesus means when he says, "You must be born again"?
    1. What is the connection between being "born again" and the "wind" that Jesus talks about?
    2. What is the connection of being born again with entering the Kingdom of God?
  3. Read Numbers 21:4-9
    1. Why did serpents come among the people and bite them?
    2. What did God say would happen when the people see the serpent that Moses lifted up? Do those words come true?
    3. How does this help us to understand what Jesus is saying in John 3:15?
  4. In verse 10, Jesus implies that Nicodemus should have understood something. Was there anything from the Old Testament that Nicodemus should have known?
    1. Where should Nicodemus go to find knowledge of heavenly things?
    2. Is there any evidence here of how Nicodemus responds to Jesus?
    3. Read John 19:38-40. Does this show faith or repentance in Christ?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. According to this passage, what must a righteous person do to enter the kingdom of God?
    1. What about an unrighteous person?
    2. Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 and discuss the connections to John 3.
  2. Does the story of Jesus and Nicodemus have any relevance to your life? Have you been "born again"?
    1. If so, praise God. Remember that it was His work alone that saved you.
    2. If not, why not? Is there something holding you back from turning from your sin and trusting in Christ?
  3. Are there other things in your life that you are trusting in to get you into the Kingdom of God? (certain good works? church attendance? comparison with other people? etc.)
    1. Confess those things to God and trust in His grace alone.
  4. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  5. Sing There is a Fountain Filled With Blood

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