Pressing On | Marker 5: Learning Together | George Hinman

Marker 5 | Learning Together
II Timothy 2:1-2

Review:   Which of the qualities of love were you able to exhibit this week?  Were you able to hear the pain of someone you didn’t agree with in love?  

Introduction:  The main text from this week is a passage from II Timothy, a letter written to a young man who was mentored by the apostle Paul.  The letter was written as Paul was imprisoned in Rome, likely for the final time.  Paul invites Timothy (and us) to consider what we have learned and to fan into flame the gift of God’ (II Tim 1:6) to act upon what we have learned in teaching others.

Pray:  Lord, teach us with your living Word and ignite your truth in us by the power of your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Read: II Timothy 2:1-2

  1.  How do you learn?  By reading and studying? By hearing a lecture? By dialoging with someone who knows more than you? By doing something alongside a mentor?
    How have you applied these types of learning in your quest to know Jesus better?
  2. What have you heard about Jesus?  Practice summarizing what you know in just a few sentences.  Who could you tell what you already know?
  3. Who does God call to be witnesses to the good news?  (See Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
  4. Why are faithful teachers needed? (See Romans 10:13-17)
  5. Think about those who have been instrumental in your faith journey.  Tell your group about one person who has made an impact and why.  Finish this portion by offering a prayer of thanksgiving for those who have shepherded us.
  6. How can you be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus? (See Ephesians 6:10-20 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:13 and other passages that you may know)

Application:   This week make a list of people who look to you for advice or help.  Ask God to help you reach out to one of the people on this list or the list in question 5 via a note, a phone call or a conversation.  

:    Lord, give us the courage to share what we learn at your feet with others.  Thank you that you have not given us a spirit of fear but of power.  Amen.

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