LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Life

  1. Read 2 Timothy 1: 8. If you were in Timothy’s shoes (sandals), how might you react to Paul’s invitation to “join with [him] in suffering for the gospel?”
  2. During the sermon, Pastor Jim shared a scale that lays out different levels of suffering for the Gospel.  Where do you find yourself on the “Scale of Suffering?”
  3. Timothy was tempted to feel shame because of Christ’s crucifixion and Paul’s imprisonment. What aspects of the Gospel or the Church or Christianity cause you to feel social pressure to distance yourself from Christ?
  4. In a culture where it is unfashionable to be an on-fire Christian, how do you decide when to share your faith and when to keep quiet?
  5. Read 2 Timothy 1:9-10. In Paul’s encouragement to Timothy, he begins recounting the truths of the Gospel as a comfort during difficult times. What truths of the Gospel comfort you in the midst of difficulty or suffering?
  6. It’s been said, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” How does our belief in the person of Christ ground us to such a point where we can entrust everything to him?  What would you say to a person who said they believed in Jesus but didn’t actually trust him?

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Choosing Courage

“Courage When Shamed”

2 Timothy 1:8-12

1. Fear has the power to shame us

  • Afraid of what people may say
  • Afraid of what consequences may come

2. Shame has the power to silence us

  • It lies to us
  • It isolates us
  • It condemns us

3. God has the power to save us

  • From guilt and shame and death
  • God loves you; there’s no shame in being you.
  • Jesus has taken our shame upon himself and broken its power.

4. Jesus has the power to sustain us

  • Knowing and focusing on Jesus develops courage within us.
  • Jesus gives us the power to choose courage when we are shamed.

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Intentional Evangelism/Loving People