Life Group Guide - 04.07.19
For the week of April 7th - April 13th
Blueprints - Because It’s Necessary
Scripture This Week:
Titus 3:9-15 (ESV)
9 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14 And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.
15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
Main Thought This Week:
This week’s tough passage contains one of Paul’s several instructions on church discipline. Although the topic of “church discipline” might cause discomfort for anyone who has heard the horror stories of church discipline gone wrong, we see in this passage that church discipline is, in fact, good for the believer being disciplined and the church. Discipline is an act of love that acknowledges the danger of sin and calls a believer back into glorifying God by pursuing holiness.
1. What are your initial reactions when you hear the phrase “church discipline?” Good thoughts? Negative thoughts? Do any stories come to mind?
2. This whole passage stems from verse 9, which says, “Avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and unfruitful.” For our context a couple of thousand years later, what might be some examples of quarrels and controversies that God’s people allow themselves to cause disorder and division in the church?
3. When Paul asks Titus to recruit Artemas, Tychicus, Zenas, and Apollos to help aid in church discipline, we are reminded that discipline in discipleship is not meant to be done alone. What might it look like for you to enlist your brothers and sisters in the church to help you in a moment where you feel another needs to be called back to holiness?
4. Pastor Chris said, “We do [church discipline] because overlooking sin is not gracious; it is dangerous.” As we step out of this conversation, do you feel prepared to practically walk this out in your relationships with other Christians in your life?