Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Titus

Titus 2:11-15 - 1st May 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Titus 2:11-15
  2. Do you notice any repeated words?
  3. Are there any words that you need to define? ("denounce" or "zealous")
  4. Do you see any words or topics that Paul has talked about in previous sections?
  5. What words are used to describe God?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What does Paul mean by training in verse 12?
    1. Where do we get training? (v. 11)
    2. Read 1 Timothy 4:8 and 2 Timothy 3:16 (other letters written by Paul). What do they say is the purpose of training?
  2. Paul repeats the word "people" in verse 11 and verse 14.
    1. Who are these "people"?
    2. Do both verses have the same "people" in mind?
    3. Read Exodus 19:3-6. How does it help us to understand the "people" that Paul might be talking about?
  3. Why did Jesus give himself up? (v. 14)
    1. How should we live while we are waiting for his return?
  4. What do you think that Paul means by "these things" in verse 15?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Do you feel trained enough to "renounce ungodliness" & to "live self-controlled"?
    1. How could you get training? (2 Timothy 3:16)
    2. Who could you get training from?
  2. How does living in the hope of Christ's return affect how you live today?
    1. What's one thing you can do this week to remind yourself of the hope of Christ's return?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made.
  4. Sing Where Shall I Be? to God and to one another.
in John

John 1:1-18 - January 23rd 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 1:1–18
  2. Who's mentioned?
    1. What does the author tell us about "the Word"?
      1. How is v. 2 different than v. 1?
    2. What does the author tell us about John?
      1. Why did John come?
  3. What contrasts do you see? (look for words like "but" or "yet")
  4. How did "the Word" come into the world?
  5. How was "the Word" received?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. Who is the author? Is he the same John mentioned in v. 4–8?
  3. Read John 20:30–31.
    1. Why did John write his Gospel?
    2. How does that help us understand these opening verses?
    3. How does this connect to 1:12?
  4. Why is Jesus referred to as "the Word"?
  5. What other passages are alluded to in John 1:1–14? (e.g. Genesis 1:1)
    1. Why do you think John did that?
    2. What does this tell us about the identity/purpose of "the Word"?
  6. Why did the world not receive "the Word"?
  7. How does one become a child of God? Who makes that happen?
    1. What does it mean to receive Jesus/believe in his name?
  8. Why is it important that "the Word became flesh"? (v. 14)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What truth about the Word do you need to remember or reflect on? (e.g. agent of creation/new creation, light of men, giver of life, etc.)
  2. How have you received Jesus? (Share how/when this happened)
  3. How should v.12–13 affect the way we pray and share our faith?
  4. Sing In Christ Alone to God and to one another.

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