Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Get in the Game
Week 3 – Training Camp
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- Icebreaker: What is your favorite athletic activity to participate in? Or what was a favorite athletic activity you did in the past?
- People all over the world own a Bible. The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book, and it has been the top best-selling book in the U.S. for decades, even though it was written nearly 2,000 years ago. Why is that?
- All of us get our truth from somewhere. Why are some people hesitant to let the Bible be their source of truth?
- If you’ve ever had a bad experience with the Bible where you were hurt from someone who was using the Bible, tell your group about that.
- Read our Scripture for this series and continue to work on memorizing it together as a group:
2 Timothy 3:16–17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
- Paul writes here that Scripture is useful for “training in righteousness.” When you think of serious sports training, such as athletes training for the Olympics, what comes to your mind? Describe some things that serious sports training involves.
- To be “righteous” means to be made right before God. We don’t need to work to become righteous in God’s eyes. Righteousness is a free gift from God that we receive by faith because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. We can’t earn it. In fact, Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.
Given that important truth, why does Paul say in 2 Timothy 3 that we should be involved in “training in righteousness”? Why is this training important, given that salvation is a free gift? How is this training different than trying to earn your salvation?
- Some people view salvation as if it were just a ticket to heaven or a fire insurance policy for heaven. Explain what’s wrong with that view and explain a more accurate view of salvation.
- Read 1 Timothy 4:7–8:
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
What does 1 Timothy 4:7-8 add to your understanding of why it’s important to train ourselves in righteousness?
- As Christians, our goal is to become more like Jesus. In pursuing this goal, sometimes we try hard, but we find ourselves failing again and again. Why is the difference between trying to be righteous and training to be righteous?
- Pastor Kevin Queen said God helps us:
- Stop liking things we should not be liking.
- Stop loving things that we should only be liking.
- Start loving what we are only liking.
Go through this point by point, and describe what you think he meant by each statement and how it applies to our lives.
- Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
What is Paul’s point in this passage?
How Do We Train for Righteousness?
- Begin right where you are.
– Be honest about where you are. You don’t have to pretend to be further. Just begin.
- Know who you are.
- Describe the biblical view of who you are.
- Invite God in to where you are and who you are.
- Share with your group about a time when you read the Bible on your own, and you experienced something that was meaningful or significant to you.