Legacy - Week 5

One of our favorite expressions around The Summit is that while often people think of the church as an institution or an event, we like to think of it as a family. Paul actually calls the church "God's family" in 1 Tim. 3:15, and says that in God's family, men and women have equal value but play different roles. This week, we'll look at what it means to be a woman in God's family, and next week we'll look at what it means to be a man.

Here are some questions to think through in anticipation of Sunday:

- when you consider movies, TV, and women's magazines, what do you think culture tells you about what it means to be a woman?

- when you consider your upbringing and influential people in your life, what do you think has been the example set for you about what roles a man and woman play? Do you think those examples were helpful or harmful?

- do you think it's legitimate for a book like the Bible to have a say in the roles a man and woman should have? Is it even legitimate to say that men and women should have roles?

1 Timothy 2:8-15

8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Legacy - Week 4

John Stott said, "the major advantage of teaching through entire books of the Bible is that it forces us to teach the passages that cowards choose to ignore." This week, as we continue teaching through 1 Timothy, we'll examine one of the most difficult and controversial issues when it comes to the Christian faith: can we really say there is one way to God, and if this is true, how should that affect our priorities as individuals and a church?

Here are some questions to think through to prepare for Sunday:

- 1 Timothy 2:3-6 makes a startling claim about the way people can and cannot be saved. Can churches today really believe that Jesus is the only way to God? Why or why not?

- If 2:3-6 is true, why do you think that the church is told to pray in vv. 1-2, especially for those who are political leaders?

- Paul communicates the "singular focus" of his life in 2:7 (The Message translation says, "This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth). If the claims made in 2:3-6 are true, how do you think that should affect our priorities and what we give our lives to?

1 Timothy 2:1-7

1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Legacy - Week 3

People may use different phrases to express it - "a new beginning", "turning over a new leaf", "a second chance" - but what's amazing about this city is that almost everyone likes the concept of grace. This Sunday, we'll look at what it means to understand grace in 1 Tim. 1:8-20, and how Paul opens his life to us to share one the most unlikely stories of God's kindness.

Here are a few questions to think through as you prepare for this Sunday:

  • Do you think it's really possible for someone to have a new beginning? Is there anything you can do that won't let you have that?
  • What do you think you need to recognize about your own life before you can fully understand God's grace?
  • What do you think are some indications in someone's life that they understand grace?
  • Do you think it's odd that Paul spends all this time talking about grace, and then finishes his discussion by telling Timothy to "fight" (1:18)? Can these concepts really be put together?

1 Timothy 1:8-20

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

18 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.