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 James

James 3:13–18 - 30th April, 2021 

Refresh your memory of James by re-reading the whole book. It'll only take 15 mins.

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 3:13-18
  2. Who are new characters introduced?
  3. What are repeated words/phrases?
  4. What locations or settings are mentioned?
  5. What are different responses to the word?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How is wisdom seen or not seen?
  2. What is the connection between wisdom and...
    1. our conduct (v.13)?
    2. truth/falsehood (v. 14)?
    3. spirituality (v.15)?
    4. relationships (vv.17-18)?
  3. What are "bitter jealousy and selfish ambition" (vv.14, 16)?
  4. How do we get wisdom from above?
  5. How does the gospel connect to this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does the gospel empower a life of wisdom in us?
  2. Where are you tempted to be bitterly jealous or pursue selfish ambitions? (Another way to consider this question is- where is there disorder or vile behaviour in your life?) Repent of these sinful heart desires.
  3. In what ways can you pursue and promote the characteristics of wisdom from above unfolded in vv.17-18?
  4. Pray for Covenant Hope to be kept from earthly, unspiritual, demonic "wisdom" and to be showing "the meekness of wisdom [from above]" by growing in godliness.