The following are suggested answers for the Message Based Discussion Questions connected to the message presented on May 18, 2014. These are designed to stimulate thinking, not replace it. Let these be a guide to digging deeper for all the questions.
1 Tim. 3:15
How do you treat people at church?
1) Honor members as of Jesus’ family 5:1-2
- Older men 1 Tim. 4:12; Tit. 2:1-2
- Family respect Ex. 21:12-17
- Younger men Pr. 18:24.
- Older women Pro. 1:8; 6:20.
- Younger women
2) Honor widows as if you are in Jesus’ position 5:3
- Luke 2:36-37
3) Disciple families to care for Jesus’ family 5:4-8
- Acts 6:1; 15:1-2; 1 Cor. 1:2, 10-13; 2 Cor. 12:19-21
- PAUSE.P repare for the conversation_____ Pro. 14:8
A ffirm the person and relationship_ Jn 13:34-35
U nderstand their interests and motives Phil. 2:1-4
S eek creative solutions____________ Pr 14:8
E valuate the solutions____________ Dan 1:11-16
Jesus is holy and pure!
Treat those in Church like Jesus’ family!
- No one is perfect. We need to come alongside and help others become more holy. Is. 1:18; 1:15-18; 1 John 3:16-18. Does the church understand humble compassion alongside of holiness?
- Approach others with humble help rather than ready rebuke Gal. 6:1-5
Message Based Discussion Questions
1) When you think of the word father or mother, what do you think about? Is it a good image?
- I think of my father and mother
- It is a good image, but they were not perfect. They provided everything I needed to grow up in a healthy home. They provided encouragement to try things in life and opportunities to go on to college. They took me to church, where I learned about Jesus Christ and they sent me on a church camp trip where I learned about my Savior Jesus Christ. I also learned about God the Father in the sense of purpose and provision.
2) Is God called “Father” in Scripture? _yes___ What does Scripture teach regarding God the Father (cf. Luke 15:12-28; John 5:17-26; 14:6-28)? Does it reflect what you see in earthly fathers?
- God allows us to make foolish decisions and still provides
- He waits until we repent and return to Him
- He restores us in fellowship, but we lose the rewards
- He runs in His love for us
- He wants to party with and for us
- He is the one after I should do everything.
- Jesus kept His eye on the Father by means of the Word
- He did not speak, unless it was something His Father would do
- He goes before and provides peace
3) Does Scripture honor older women? _yes_ How does it honor widows? (cf. Deut. 10:18; 14:29; 24:17-21; Is. 1:17; Acts 6:1-7; James 1:27)? Do we?
- Deut 10:18 God will administer justice for the widow – don’t get in His way
- Deut 14:29 The people of God are to provide an abundance so vulnerable segments of the population can come, be filled and satisfied
- Deut 24:17-21 Do not even take a widow’s garment in pledge, she is already vulnerable. Leave the leftovers in the field, so the widow can retrieve them for herself. In the same manner leave the extra olives and grapes for people like widows, who are not able to provide for themselves.
- Is. 1:17 Plead the case for the widow, stand up for them
- Acts 6:1-7 The leadership got together developed a plan to provide for them, whether it was a perfect plan or not, it was provision
4) Is discipleship important in a family? _yes__ How does God teach we should disciple family (cf. Deut. 6:1-9)? What does it look like?
- Parents are to consume and hide God’s Word in their heart and seek to secure it in the children’s heart
- It looks like very humble parents who have regular devotions with their children and have fun doing it. They read, pray and sing together in their devotions. It looks like the parents who use regular opportunities to turn circumstances into object lessons for children to learn about Jesus.
Making application from the message to life:
5) If Christians are brothers and sisters before one Father, what is one of our purposes (cf. Eph. 2:18-22; 1 Pet. 2:4-5)?
- One of our purposes is to be built up into a temple of God praising His name.
- We are to be a living temple where anyone can come into our lives and be drawn into the presence of God where they enjoy His presence and peace.
6) What should we do as a church to help people treat church like family? How could that be more evident to the world around us?
- We need to spend time together and celebrate each other’s growth and success as a family. We also need to take the time to listen to each other and help each other grow together.
- It would help the world if members and attenders would take the time to get together and use the PAUSE principle in order to establish unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. It would help to express joy in each other’s presence and let others know that nothing shall keep us from loving each other in Christ.
7) Is there someone in the Body at Grace that you might need to restore a relationship because of previous misunderstanding?
- Each will have to answer this and act on it.
- Follow Rom. 12:18 in the process.