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Disciples Avoid Powerless Faith

March 25, 2018 Speaker: Scott C. Jones Series: Disciple: 2 Timothy

Topic: Exposition Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1–9

Disciples Avoid Powerless Faith:  2 Timothy 3:1-9

     Powerless “Faith” (vv. 1-5)

     Always Learning, Never Free (vv. 6-7)

     Evil’s Limit (vv. 8-9)

Discipleship group questions

Launching questions

  • Read 2 Timothy 3:1-9. What stands out to you as you read this passage through together? What do you remember most from Sunday’s teaching?
  • Have you ever seen or yourself been guilty of powerless “faith”? Describe that experience and its impact on you and others.


  • On Sunday, we mentioned the high priority of pursuing genuine, Jesus-focused, Spirit-dependent change in our lives as believers. In so doing, we overcome the temptation to powerless faith and embrace the actual power of the Gospel. Encourage one another by identifying specific ways in which you’ve seen change in one another. Put a couple of other ways: in what areas of life do you most admire one another’s faithfulness? What attitudes/behaviors/characteristics/stories in one another’s lives bear witness to the genuine power of God at work?


  • Read the list of negative attributes in vv. 2-5. Which of these has a bit of sting for you … as in, which traits describe aspects of your own attitudes/behaviors? Be honest and explain specifically why this might apply to you. What might it look like for you to pursue repentance in response to the Spirit’s conviction from this text?
  • End your time by praying confessionally together about the things you’ve just shared. Then pray for God’s power to visit one another as you pursue repentance and change from God.



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