A Hunger for God
THE DANGER OF NOT KNOWING GOD
“…Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 2 Timothy 3:7 (NASB)
- Will genuinely knowing God prevent you from developing those traits mentioned in vv. 1-6? Why or why not?
- How do you differentiate “learning” in verse 7 from “knowing the truth”? What danger does mere “learning” pose to today’s “Christians”?
- 2 Tim. 3:6 describes ungodliness among certain church people who are still in bondage to the flesh either as a victimizer or as a willing victim. They are “led on by various impulses” (NASB). What should you do to not be led by your impulses (Gal. 5:16-18)?
- Go through the list of the ungodly traits and use the dictionary to get the definitions of unclear terms. Then ask the Lord to reveal to you manifestations of any of those traits in your life. Ask God’s forgiveness.
- Verse 5 says, “They will appear to have a godly life but they will not let its power change them.” Name an attitude (e.g. self-righteousness), a habit (e.g. absence of reflection on the message after the service), or any barrier (e.g. bad company) that prevents you from being changed by God’s word? What steps will you take to correct the problem?
“The church is in trouble. Superficiality, immaturity and mediocrity has characterized the church. Carnality and compromise has robbed the church of the spiritual power and spiritual authority to make a difference in this world.” – Edmund Chan
- Intimacy (Pray for yourself): Pray that you would feast on God’s word. That God’s words would be for you a source of life, wisdom, and life change.
- Investing (Pray for others): As you read God’s word, look for promises for others in your life. Pray for the sick, the lost, and the broken based on the promises in God’s word.
- Inviting (Pray for our community): The Scripture tells us to pray “thy Kingdom come.” Pray this prayer over our city and county.