4/15 “Preventing a Shipwreck” 1 Tim. 1:18-20

In a Nutshell: Jesus said that a common characteristic of “These Last Days” would be people abandoning the faith. (2 Tim. 3:1-6;  1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:3) Paul also warns Timothy about what leads to this and what we can do to prevent it.  

  

Ice Breaker: Have you ever been in a car wreck?  Can you describe it? Do you recall what caused it? Which is easier forecasting a wreck or recovering from one? 🙂

Texts: 1 Timothy 1:18-20

CONNECTING TO THE TEXT

  1. What “charge” is Paul referring to in verse 18? (see 1 Tim. 1:3-5)
  2. What are Timothy’s “weapons” (vs. 18) and what “war” is he fighting?   (see 2 Cor. 10:4,5)
  3. What had Alexander and Hymenaeus apparently “rejected” causing their faith to shipwreck? 
  4. Why is a persons conscience so important? (Rom. 2:15)
  5. What appears to be the reasonable response for other Christians when someone “shipwrecks” their faith and doesn’t repent?  1 Cor. 5:5, 13

REFLECTING ON OUR LIVES

  1. Can you recall any similar characteristics in the lives of people who have wandered “off course” in the faith?
  2. Have you ever struggled with a desire to wander away from your faith in Christ?  What kept, or brought you back?
  3.  How might a person today “gives someone over to Satan?”

 

REFLECTING ON THE WAY WE DO CHURCH

  1.   How should the church help people prevent their members from shipwrecking their faith?
  2. How should church members handle people that don’t repent?

 THE CHOICE IS YOURS…

  1. If you were ever guilty of ignoring your conscience and headed for a “shipwreck” how would you want your CARE group to handle it? How would you want the church leadership to handle it?
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