Lesson for Sept. 27, 2020: Lead (1 Timothy 3:1-16; 5:17-22)
“Who Is Worthy to Lead?” by David Faust (Lesson Application)
Study Questions for Groups
By Michael C. Mack
1. What new challenge did you face last week?
2. How would you evaluate your prayer life this past week?
Ask three people—two readers and one reteller—to help. Ask the readers to read 1 Timothy 3:1-16 one after the other, preferably from different Bible versions. Repeat the process with 1 Timothy 5:17-22.
Ask the third person to summarize the passages as if teaching a fifth-grade Sunday school class about the topic.
3. What most stood out to you from these passages?
4. Let’s look more closely at some of the details:
• How would the application of these passages instill or restore in people confidence in their church leaders and the health of their church?
• What church leadership principles can you draw from these passages?
• What roles do moral character and maturity play in church leadership?
• What connections do you see between a leader’s “private life” and church leadership life?
• Between a leader’s “public life” and church leadership life?
• What reasons do these passages provide for why qualified leaders are vital?
• How should the church treat its leaders?
5. What do you learn about God from these passages?
6. What do you learn about his church?
7. What is at least one thing from these passages you need to obey?
8. In what specific way do these passages call you to lead well or serve well?
9. Based on our study and discussion, complete this sentence: “This week, I will . . .”
10. What challenges do you anticipate this week?
For next week: Over the next week, read and reflect on 1 Timothy 4:6-16 as we continue studying 1 Timothy and the theme, “Build Christ’s Church.” You can also read next week’s supplemental texts as well as the Study and Application sections as part of your personal study.