Gold & Honey - Week 3

 
 
 

Week 3 - Discussion Guide

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OPEN

Describe a time when you had a misunderstanding when reading God’s word. What was it? Why do you think it occurred? How did you overcome it?


REFLECT

What is something you learned from this sermon? How did this message deepen your faith?

Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17. Who is writing this? To whom is it being written? Why is this being written? How do those answers shed light on the importance of this passage?

If someone asked you what the Bible is and what its purpose is, how would you respond? 

Howard Hendricks wrote, “The Bible was written not to satisfy your curiosity but to help you conform to Christ's image. Not to make you a smarter sinner but to make you like the Savior. Not to fill your head with a collection of biblical facts but to transform your life.”

How has the Bible helped form you into a person who is like Jesus? What is the drawback of only reading Scripture to learn Bible facts?

Which of the 5 metaphors for the Word of God do you resonate with the most (mirror, sword, light, bread, and hammer)? Why? 

How have you personally experienced the Word of God in each of these different ways that it describes itself as?
 

APPLY

In what areas of your life do you find it hard to agree with God’s word? Why is that?

What are your Scripture reading habits? Personally, why do you read Scripture? What does it feel like whenever you come to your devotional time?

What do you do when you experience moments where you don’t want to read God’s Word?

How does one acquire a taste for the Bible so that, like David, it is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey (Psalm 19)?
 

PRAY

Pray that as you come to God’s Word this week in your devotions that they would be a tool for you and your group to foster an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus (John 5:39).
 

NEXT STEPS

To go deeper in your relationship with God and others, here are some next steps for you:

1. Attend How to Study Your Bible taught by Dan Hamel

If we’re honest studying the Bible can be hard without the right tools. We all have questions like, “Where do I begin?”; “How do I know if my interpretation is right?”; “How do I apply what I read to my life?”. In this class Dan is going to give you a few steps that can enhance your Bible Study times. This class begins August 21st from 6:30-8:30pm at Franklin Rd. in Atrium B.

2. Join us for Welcome to the Creek. This is a place where you can find out more information about who we are as a church. This experience occurs the 1st and 3rd weekend of every month in South Room 2 during the 11:00am service. If you attend Shelby Street, you can make an appointment for a Welcome to the Creek session here.

3. Check out the Dwell app. This is a new audio Bible app that keeps Scripture in your ears and on your heart. You can download this app on your mobile device. More information can be found at dwellapp.io.