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Debra Grant

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  1. Q5. (1 Timothy 2:11-15) How should Paul's instructions about women teaching and leading in the church be applied in the twenty-first century? How do you support your view? 1. My personal view is women can and are qualified to teach and lead in the church. Paul’s instruction to the Ephesus women not to lead is because women at that time had no educational knowledge, that is why they were easily deceived by the false teaching. 2. In the 21st century church mostly women are well educated and gifted. Men are no better than women because both are learning and well needed as the other. If it was not for women, spiritual learning would not be what it is today. There are mostly women in the church and lesser men.
  2. Q4. (1 Timothy 2:9-10) How did women dressing in fancy clothes threaten to compromise the church's witness in Ephesus? How do we apply the principle of Paul's directive in twenty-first century churches without instituting a new legalism? 1. Women were more concerned about how they looked rather than about worshiping the Lord threatened the church, because their dressing habits also distracted other people from worshiping the correct way. 2. We should dress sensible when we go to church, not over dressing, under dressing or wearing to much makeup. When people are distracted by paying more attention to a woman rather than the preacher because of the way a person is dressed, it is wrong. That is not what the Lord wants. He wants you to come to church to worship him, not someone else.
  3. Q3. (1 Timothy 2:8). What problem among the men of the congregation is Paul referring to in this verse? What is so serious about worshiping with the opposite of love in your heart? 1. The problem among the men of the congregation was controversy of salvation that false teachers were causing among the people. Although disagreeing with one another they carried that anger with them to worship, which did not allow them to truly worship God. He let them know that their prayers were not heard by God if any anger was in their heart. 3. The problems were infighting and anger. God does not accept the worship of a heart that is not pure.
  4. Q2. (1 Timothy 2:5-6) In the context of the salvation of all, why do you think Paul emphasizes the roles of Mediator and Ransom? In what way did Christ fulfill both these roles? 1. Paul emphasizes again there is one God and one mediator between God and man, which is Christ Jesus. Paul reaffirms that Christ came that all might be saved. 2. Christ’s blood was the price for our sins to be cleansed. He laid down his life for us so that we could be reconciled to God.
  5. Q1. (1 Timothy 2:1-4) Why does Paul emphasize salvation of all mankind in this letter? What does this suggest about the practice of evangelism in the Ephesus church? 1. Salvation to all mankind, because the people was so engaged in preaching their own way, and praying for only the people of the church which left out others. We should pray for everyone. 2. Paul emphasizes again there is one God and one mediator between God and man, which is Christ Jesus. Paul reaffirms that Christ came that all might be saved.
  6. Q4. (1 Timothy 1:18-19) Why does Paul need to remind Timothy about the prophecies spoken over him? In practical terms, what does "fight the good fight" really mean? Why does Paul tell Timothy to "hold on to faith and a good conscience"? What temptation is Paul trying to counter in his prot 1. Paul is reminding Timothy when he was commissioned, God's Spirit spoke through a person with the gift of prophecy concerning of spiritual gifts Timothy had been given. Timothy is also encouraged so he will not be overwhelmed of what he is to do. 2. To be stead fast and hold on to the truth regardless of the situation. 3. He doesn't want Timothy to lose focus or let anyone or anything convince him not to follow or preach the truth. 4. Paul wants Timothy to speak out about telling the false teachers to stop confusing the people by speaking false doctrine.
  7. Q3. (1 Timothy 1:17) What do we learn about God from this doxology? What do we learn about praise? Have you ever tried speaking out a doxology in your personal prayer or praise time? What effect does a doxology have on the speaker? 1. We learn from this doxology that God is eternal, immortal, invisible and the only God. 2. Praise is our way of acknowledging our thoughts of who or what God is and has done for us and others. 3. Yes I have. I've learned that when I am praising him, it is just me and God. 4. It strengthens me and gives me peace because I know that my God is alive and always with me to protect and love me.
  8. Q1. (1 Timothy 1:3-7) What were some of the results of false doctrine in the church at Ephesus? How does doctrinal controversy hurt the spirit of a church? How does it prevent growth? How does it keep the church from its mission? 1. Paul is commenting on his own life to let the church know that he also was a sinful man and only by God's grace and the help of the Holy Spirit was he able to change. 2. He wanted them to see that he was trying to keep the law, but after he met Jesus, he no longer needed the law. 3. This may help others to see their wrong and the opportunity they have to be forgiven and to turn their lives around.
  9. Q1. (1 Timothy 1:3-7) What were some of the results of false doctrine in the church at Ephesus? How does doctrinal controversy hurt the spirit of a church? How does it prevent growth? How does it keep the church from its mission? 1. Confusion of truth was not being taught. There was quarrels and confusion among the people 2. The confusion brings fussing and breaks unity. 3. The minds of people will not be on God’s word or any truth which can cause bitterness, strife, and pride. 4. No time and energy is put in the right place to work together doing God’s will.
  10. Q60. (Matthew 13:51-52) What is the “old” that the householder brings out of his treasure box? What is the “new.” In what way must we disciples be “cross-trained” as scribes of the Kingdom? 1. Living under the law and not being able to keep. 2. The new is being trained for the kingdom of heaven through Jesus. 3. We must know how to walk in the spirit, preach, heal, witness, and teach the new wine of the gospel, which is Jesus Christ. We have to be able to listen for God's voice, heal the sick, comfort the hurting, and clearly explain the gospel of salvation.
  11. Q59. (Matthew 5:13-14) Why is a sharp and tasty witness so important? What is a bland witness to Jesus? How do we stay “salty”? Why are people tempted to hide their “light” or witness? What does Jesus say about that? 1. We must live true lives to be a witness to the world that God is real. We are the light to the world and will draw others when we shine. 2. When there is no season in salt, it is bland. When Christians don't have enough season in their life, their light is not shining well. 3. Live righteous lives that will give glory to God. Pray, read, and fast seriously. 4. Some people are not trueful to God (hypocrites). Some are shame of God. They don't want to be ridiculed by others. 5. You cannot serve two Gods. We cannot live a double life. We must live the truth.
  12. Q58. (Matthew 9:37-38; John 4:35-38) Where in your region does the harvest seem most ripe, that is, where people are most receptive to the gospel? Do you see yourself mainly as a sower or a reaper? Why is there such a shortage of reapers? Would you be willing to be a reaper, if Jesus helps you? 1. I would say at church, jail, and families that are supportive at being in the same church. 2. I am mainly a sower, but I know God lets me reap. 3. The harvest is plenty, but the sowers are few. People don't want to put in time to sow. 4. Yes, I would like to reap. I want to sow first and then be a reaper with the help of Jesus. I am willing to help the needy in coming to Christ.
  13. Q57. (Matthew 9:36) Why is Jesus' heartbroken over lost sheep? Who are the lost sheep of your community? Of the mission fields that you know about? What is your attitude toward them? 1. The sheep have been lead astray by their shepherds and scattered because there was no shepherd. They have been mistreated. 2. People that have backslid, don't have a true shepherd, and been hurt by others possibly church members. 3. Those that are not true leaders, (pastors, prophets, antichrist). 4. The leaders that mistreat people should be afraid that God will chasten them severely. God said, vengeance is his.
  14. Q56. (Matthew 9:13; Hosea 6:6) What does Jesus mean when he tells his disciples, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”? What attitude did the Pharisees have towards sinners? What attitude did Jesus have toward sinners? What attitude do you have toward sinners? What is the role of a spiritual doctor? 1. He desire compassion and not false sacrifice that is showing to be superior which is not from the heart. 2. They had pride that caused them to look down on sinners and they believed to be better than others. The Pharisees wanted to get attention from everyone as if they were great. 3. He loved the sinners and had mercy on them. He said, it is not the healthy that needs a doctor, but the sick. He did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to salvation. 4. I love them and will do what I can to help them get saved. I will help physically as well. My attitude is to live a life that is an example of Jesus. 5. A spiritual doctor helps sinners to come to repentance and accept Jesus. They help the sin sick soul to become healthy spiritually.
  15. Q55. (Luke 10:30-37) Why does Jesus contrast a Jewish priest and Levite with a hated Samaritan? According to the parable, how do you think Jesus would define “neighbor,” that is, someone we have a responsibility toward? How much does compassion move you to go out of your way and comfort zone to care for those in need? 1. To let us know we should care for others no matter what their race is or who they are. We should help anyone that is in need. 2. Our neighbor is not just our kind of people, but anyone who is in need. 3. Compassion moves me a great deal because I know to treat others as myself and the way I would like to be treated. I know to have love for everyone regardless of how they treat me. That is a great part of love that Jesus wants us to have. I am always thinking about others and trying to give as much as I can. I don't want to have pride because I am no better than anyone else. I
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