The Value of Godliness

New Philly Hongdae (video streamed to Sillim, Itaewon, Sydney; minus Busan)
Preached by Christian Lee on November 9, 2014, Sunday.
Duration: 65 minutes (audio)


This sermon is for NP Hongdae, Sillim, Itaewon, and Sydney.

 

Discussion Questions

 
Train Yourself

  1. The Greek word for godliness means genuine piety, including holiness, reverence, faith, love, and devotion to God. The Holman Dictionary defines it, “Respect for God that affects the way a person lives.” Unger’s Dictionary, “It is the sum of religious virtues and duties.” PC defined it as “believing and behaving in a way that reflects God’s character.” Have two or three people define godliness, in their own words.
  2. Read 2 Peter 1:5-10. According to this passage, what will keep us from being ineffective (NKJV: barren) and unfruitful and from never falling?
  3. Read I Tim. 4:7-9. In this passage, how does the author relate physical training to godliness? How would you parallel training for a marathon with training yourself for godliness?
  4. PC pointed out that many Christians exhibit godliness in spurts but few are able to steadfastly walk in it because they don’t train themselves for it. What habits do you think an out of shape Christian would have compared to a spiritually fit one? In your opinion, what can practicing and training yourself in godliness look like?
  5.  
    No Grounds for Boasting

  6. How did God speak to you in regards to how the apostle Paul flips the script from Romans 1 to Romans 2 (if you need a review, see Rom. 1:18, 28-32 and Rom. 2:1-4)?
  7. How have you observed the tendency in Christians to be self-righteous and look down on the behavior of the ungodly? What are the effects of such attitudes?
  8. In Romans 3:27 the apostle Paul says that we have no grounds for boasting. On what principle is boasting removed? Feel free to explain in your own words.
  9.  
    Hecka Fake

  10. Read 2 Tim. 3:1-5, 13. How does the author here describe “fake godliness” and what are we to do with such people?
  11. In Matt. 22:29, Jesus confronted the fake godliness in the Sadducees by saying that they were in error because they know not the Scriptures or the power of God. What can we look for in identifying fake godliness and hypocrisy?
  12.  
    The Mystery of Godliness

  13. Many Christians struggle with feelings of inadequacy and lack when it comes to growing in godliness. How does 2 Peter 1:3-4 speak into this struggle?
  14. Read I Tim. 3:14-16. If we want to manifest God’s character and power (to be more and more godly), what is the key to unlocking the mystery of godliness?
  15. Getting involved and serving at your church can aide your growth in godliness but PC also mentioned there can be seasons where it can hinder one’s growth. Can you share a time in your life when involvement either aided or hindered your spiritual growth (if you were hindered, how did you deal with it)?
  16.  
    Application

  17. PC pointed out in I Tim. 4:10 that the goal of every pastor should be to train each person in godliness and present them fully mature in Christ (Col. 1:28-29). In this season of your life, what are some ways in which you can challenge yourself to be trained up in godliness?

 
Homework (optional)

  • Memorize I Tim. 4:7-8 (ESV).

 

Comments

  1. We weren’t able to use these set questions Monday night, but we were able to address a number of them. CG was very good! We were able to apply the message by thinking of ways we can train ourselves in godliness, which we will commit to starting this week. Also we prayed for those who felt stuck in certain areas in their lives (power of God).

  2. We had a farewell dinner for one of our CG members so were unfortunately unable to do the questions.

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