Questions Anticipating John 4:40
by Pastor Gene
Dear student of God’s Word,
Thank you for joining us in this study of John’s Gospel at Harvest Community Church. Our desire is to provide an opportunity for all believers, regardless of where they may be in their Christian journey, to dive deeper into the waters of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit, our Master Teacher longs to lead us into “all the truth.” Jesus promised as much in John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes,” He said, “He will guide you into all the truth.” I believe that if we’ll take the time to sit before the precious words of the Fourth Gospel, He will do just that!
Arthur Pink put it this way: “It is our earnest desire that many of our readers will make these verses the subject of prayerful study and meditation. The Bible teacher who becomes a substitute for diligent study on the part of those who hear him is a hindrance and not a help. The business of the teacher is to turn people to the searching of the Scriptures for themselves, stimulating their interest in the Sacred Word, and instructing them how to go about it.” To these words I add a hearty, “Amen!”
To that end, each Lord’s Day I’ll be presenting the congregation with a series of questions to consider about the portion of John’s Gospel we’ll be looking at the following Sunday. This will give us the opportunity to ponder them, to wrestle with them, to study them, to meditate upon them, and to let the Holy Spirit speak first, as it were. So, jump in – the water’s fine!
In the Victorious One,
Matthew 16:1-3 & 2 Timothy 3:1-5
16:1 “And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”
3:1 “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
Questions to consider about Matthew 16:1-3 & 2 Timothy 3:1-5:
- What did Jesus mean when He said, “you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” What are the signs of our times?
- Look at Paul’s list of end-time spirit trends found in 2 Timothy 3:2-5a. Consider each entry on the list. How does each one speak to the lack of spiritual/moral health in our country? Which current events or recent news stories speak to Paul’s particular points?
- Was Paul on the mark? Do you see his description of “last days” trends as still coming or already here? Why or why not?
- In verses 4b-5, Paul warns of those who will be “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.” What does this mean? What does it mean with respect the modern Christian Church in America? Have modern American Christians settled for “having the appearance of godliness”? How? Have we become “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God”? In which ways? Have we denied the power of godliness? How? What is the power of godliness anyway?
- Paul ends his list with three simple words: “Avoid such people.” How seriously should we take this? How can we obey Paul’s admonition and still fulfill the Great Commission?
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