Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

The Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness, Gentleness

Galatians 5:22-23


1.    Using Scripture, please answer the following questions:

a.    What does “spirit-filled” mean?

b.    How is somebody “filled with the Spirit”?

c.    What does somebody increasingly look like who is “spirit-filled”?

d.    Define "kindness" and "gentleness."

2.    Outside of physical and sexual abuse, why is the term “abuse” difficult to define?

3.    According to the rules of the state of Colorado, how should the believer deal with the problem of abuse…

a.    If he/she were to come across a child who has been abused?

b.    If he/she were to come across a spouse who had been abused?

4.    What is the most proactive way to make certain you don’t become an abuser as a believer?

5.    Why is it so important that fathers are spirit-filled Christians?

6.    Why is it so important that NRBC as a church family insist and work hard at being a place where fathers are spirit-filled and where abuse does not happen?

Psalm for Prayer - June 18, 2018

Psalm 43 (ESV)

1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me! 

2 For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 

3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! 

4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. 

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

The Need for Systematic Theology – part 3


1.    How much pressure do you feel when you consider that sound doctrine is supposed to make a practical difference in your life?

a.    Should you feel pressure according to 1 Timothy 4:13 and 4:16?

b.    If not pressure, what impact should these verses have on our lives as individual believers?

c.    How could 1 Timothy 6:1 impact your work ethic?  Give a particular way in which the Gospel should change the way you conduct yourself in the workplace.  At home as a parent.

2.    In what ways does 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teach us that the Word of God is essential and sufficient for you to do everything you need to do to honor God?

a.    In what ways is the Bible not “sufficient”?

b.    How do v.14-15 help soften the more rigid implications of v.16-17?

3.    In what ways can creeds be misused? In what ways can creeds prevent abuse?

4.    What does “able to teach” in 1 Timothy 3:1ff mean?  In what ways is a man “appointed” to the office of Elder in the church (1 Tim.2:7 and 2 Tim. 1:11)?

5.    How do creeds/systematic theology/doctrine/confessions limit the authority of the Elders in any given church?

6.    How do creeds/systematic theology/doctrine/confessions define the responsibilities of the church family to its Elders?

a.    See 1 Tim.1:3

b.    See 1 Tim.5:17

Psalm for Prayer - June 11, 2018

Psalm 5(ESV)

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. 

1 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. 

2 Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. 

3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. 

4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. 

5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. 

6 You destroy those who speak lies; the Lordabhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 

7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. 

8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. 

9 For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. 

10 Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you. 

11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. 

12 For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

  1. The purpose for teaching is to change behavior whether it be thoughts, words, or actions. 
    • How can we see that in 1 Timothy 6:2-3?  
    • How could you encourage a slave to act biblically without condoning slavery as an institution?
  2. Give examples from Titus 2 about how the teaching ministry of the church should impact various age groups.
  3. 1 Timothy 4:1 talks about “teachings of demons.”  
    • What are some teachings of demons being heralded today?
    • How do those particular teachings lead people to wrong practice?
  4. Do you find value in saying historic creeds? 
    • If not, why not?
    • If so, why?
    • How does 2 Timothy 2:2 help you answer that question?
  5. In what sense does 2 Timothy 4:2-3 make doctrine an “unfortunate necessity”?
  6. How does bad teaching about the law lead to bad practice in 1 Timothy 1:9-10?



Psalm for Prayer - June 4, 2018

Psalm 146(ESV)

1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 

2 I will praise the Lordas long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 

3 Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. 

4 When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. 

5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lordhis God, 

6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; 

7 who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lordsets the prisoners free; 

8 the Lordopens the eyes of the blind. The Lordlifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. 

9 The Lordwatches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 

10 The Lordwill reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!