Disciple: Fight and Flight
Topic: Exposition Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:11–16
THE CHURCH AT WAR (V.9-10)
THE CHRISTIAN AT WAR (V.11-12)
THE CONFIDENCE OF OUR WARFARE (V.13-16)
- How is life different in a country that is at war? What does it look like for a Christian to have a (spiritual) wartime mind-set?
- What are the temptations in your life from which you should flee? Are there some areas where the temptation of overconfidence blinds you to the forethought of flight?
- “[Our] Obedience is never neutral”. What does this mean? How does it encourage you pursue God with more enthusiasm, joy and intentionality this week?
- On what fronts is spiritual war being waged in your life, today? Where are most of your own (spiritual) battles being fought (home life, work/job, with children, friendships/relationships, etc.)?
- “We flee by pursuing”. Is fleeing and/or pursuing a hard or difficult thing for you? Why or why not?
- Review verses 15-16. What aspects of God’s power and provision, over his creation, gives you the most comfort? Which aspects of God’s power and provision are hard/difficult to believe?
- Historically, what has happened to nations that were not prepared for war? How can a Christian prepare for spiritual war?
- In regards to spiritual warfare and our pursuit of God, what is the purpose of the following “weapons of warfare”: righteousness, faith, trust, love, patience and kindness? Which ones can help you “fight the good fight of faith” this week?
- 1 Timothy 6:12 encourages us to “take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witness”. What is eternal life? What does it mean to “take hold of” it [eternal life]? In what ways is God calling you to “take hold of” eternal life this week (be specific)? How do you plan on doing this? How can your Missional Community help you be accountable to this?