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Disciple: Slaves and Family

February 21, 2016 Speaker: James Fields Series: Disciple - Maturing in Faith with Timothy

Topic: Exposition Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:1–6:2









  • Have you heard anyone criticize the Bible for what it says about slavery? What concerns have you had when you read what the Bible says about slavery
  • How was the American slave trade different from the slavery in Old Testament Israel or in New Testament Rome?
  • How do the various forms of slavery violate the principle that all people have equal dignity before God?


  • In light of the emotions attached to an issue like slavery, what kind of attitude should characterize our conversations about this issue?
  • How have Christian societies in the past used the Bible to justify slavery? Have you ever agreed with these notions? How has God changed your view?
  • How does our understanding of slavery help us appreciate what Jesus did for us? How does it help us understand our proper response?


  • What is Paul's main motivation in instructing slaves according to verse 1? Why is this crucial for this important and sensitive issue?
  • Do you tend to treat Christian employers better or worse than non-Christian employers? If worse, how might verse 2 change your mind set in this area?
  • In what specific ways can you honor your employer this week? How might that glorify God and advance the gospel?

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