Q&A: Train Your Replacements: How to Discern Truth: 1 Tim. 4:1-2

These Message Based Discussion Question answers are provided as a stimulus to thinking through the questions. They are not to replace thinking, but assist for your deeper thoughts. The message was presented on March 23, 2014.

John 18:33-38; 14:6

Why disciple to His Truth?

1)    Demons will deceive believers from Jesus 1 Tim. 4:1

  • 2 Pet. 2:20-21; 1 Tim. 1:18-20; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; John 10:10; 2 Cor.  2:8-11; 11:12-15

2)    Believers will be deceived from Jesus 1 Tim. 4:2/

  • Matt. 23:28; Gal. 2:13 ; 2 Tim. 2:26; 2 Tim. 3:5

3)    Some believers will deceive the body from the Truth of Jesus
1 Tim. 4:3 

4)    Jesus reveals His Truth in His Word for you 1 Tim. 4:4-5

Jesus is Truth: Follow Him and you’ll learn with believers to discern Truth!

  • Do not deceive yourself that you can discern all things.  Even with the Word, you will need God’s Spirit and disciplers of God’s Word.
  • Commit to follow Jesus and He’ll transform your discernment to know the Truth.
  • Radically follow Him rather than vegging in the world.

So what?

Message Based Discussion Questions

1)    What kind of television shows or movies question Truth in some way?

  • Which ones promote the Truth might be easier!
  • Modern Family and others, but I’m not a regular viewer.

Digging Deeper:

2)    Does God speak to us today? _yes_  What different ways has God spoken according to Scripture? What and whom does He use to communicate the truth?

  • Genesis 18:1-5 The Lord appeared as the Angel of the Lord
    • Exodus 3:2The burning bush – a theophany – appearance of God
    • Isaiah 1:1 Through visions
    • Exodus 28:30 Urim and Thummim
    • Romans 1:18-21  that which is seen in nature or creation
    • Exodus 14:13-20 the providence of God in history
    • John 1:14,18 The Living Word – the person of Christ
    • 2 Timothy 3:16 The Written Word – Scripture
    • Heb. 1:1-2 by His Son and prophets
  • He uses the church 1 Tim. 3:14-15
    • He uses pastor-teachers Eph. 4:11
    • He uses prepared believers 2 Tim. 2:15

3)    Today, are there any sources that promote what is not true? _yes__ How does the enemy try to deceive believers today? (cf. Job 1:6-11; Eph. 4:17-18; 1 Cor. 10:19-21; 1 Thes. 2:18;  1 Pet. 5:6-8;  Heb. 2:14-15)

  • Satan deceives through circumstances Job 1:6-11
  • Through pulling believers down the downward spiral Eph. 4:17-18
  • Through demons and counterfeit rituals 1 Cor. 10:19-21
  • Through prevention of meeting with believers 1 Thes. 2:18
  • Through fear of life 1 Pet. 5:6-8
  • Through fear of death  Heb. 2:14-15

4)    Does alertness really matter that much after a person becomes a Christian? _yes_ Why is alertness so important to Paul (cf. 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:4; Titus 1:14)?

  • There are deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons 1 Tim. 4:1
  • Believers will turn their ears away from the Truth 2 Tim. 4:4
  • Believers will pursue fables and commandments of men Tit. 1:14

Making application from the message:

5)    What five steps could you incorporate into your life to be more alert to deceitfulness?

  • Be consistent in reading and meditating on Scripture daily
  • Develop of plan of discipling three other people
  • Sing in the car when there isn’t anyone else around
  • Implement a plan of studying doctrines of Scripture
  • Verify every message according to Scripture

6)    How would you help a youth or disciple become more alert to deceitfulness?

  • Have weekly contact with a couple of youth and talk about Scripture
  • Be available to the youth leaders for assistance in activities
  • Develop a relationship with the youth of trust
  • Get to know the youth’s parents and disciple them

7)    What does it look like that Jesus is your only source of Truth?

  • I trust only Scripture and seek to consume it
  • I have a regular times of meditation and prayer with Him
  • I gain greater stability going through trials, because my eyes are on Him
  • You are on alert any time you are not reading Scripture
  • You dependently ask Jesus for the Holy Spirit to guide you into Truth

Counterfeits

  • Communion Table   1 Cor. 10:20-21
  • Gospel                     2 Cor. 11:3-4
  • Ministers                  2 Cor. 11:12-15
  • Spirituality                Gal. 3:2-3
  • Righteousness        Matthew 19:16-28
  • God’s                       2 Thes. 2:3-4
  • Power                      2 Thes. 2:8-10
  • Religions                  Matthew 23

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