WTL – # 4 – Authentic
Theme: Authenticity –“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”
Warm-Up Questions: Why do you think so many people value a “what you see, is what you get” attitude in other people, especially their leaders?
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Jeremiah 23: 1-4
- What three things did God have against the shepherds (leaders) of Judah (verses 1-2)?
- What did God promise to do for the scattered flock (verse 3)?
- What then will be true concerning the shepherds (leaders) of His people (verse 4)?
Read Acts 24: 14-16
- What did Paul say was the basis for his actions to that point in his life (verse 14)?
- How does Paul say what he has believed has affected his behavior (verse 15)?
- What then does He say he strives to do to remain authentic (verse 16)?
Read I Timothy 1: 3-7, 12-17
- What three things happen when people stray from authentic faith? (verses 3-4)?
- What instead are three aspects of the goal of Paul’s teaching (verse 5)?
- What is true for those who wander from authenticity (verses 6-7)?
- What does Paul say was the basis of his being put into service (verse 12)?
- How does Paul describe himself before he knew Christ (verses 13-15)?
- Why was it that Paul says he was saved (verse 16)?
- How does Paul close this section of his charge to Timothy (verse 17)?
- What of all you learned about God’s desire for authenticity encourages you most?
- When might you share this exciting aspect of your faith with someone this week?
Almighty God, we are so thankful that You and Your word do not change, but will be the same forever. And so You call us to reflect that in our lives by our authenticity.
Talk and Pray
Talk with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, using the questions on the back.
Pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.