- The desire to be a good servant
- The discipline it takes to be a good servant
Main Point: Self-discipline is essential to living a godly life
- What part of this sermon was most helpful or instructive to you? Why?
- How should we as Christians feel about the title "good servant"? Why do you think Paul would include that phrase at the beginning of vv.6-16?
- What is the meaning of the word "godliness"?
- What is valuable about bodily or physical training/discipline?
- Why is godliness (i.e. the fruit of spiritual discipline) more valuable than physical discipline?
- What might it look like to exercise self-discipline for the purpose of growing in godliness?
- What fueled Paul to exert himself in terms of spiritual discipline? (v.10)
- On a scale of 1-10, how strong is your desire to be a "good servant" of the Lord Jesus?
- In what ways do you currently discipline yourself for the purpose of growing in godliness?
- Do you exert yourself in spiritual discipline/training to the point that you can you say " I toil and strive"? If not, this might suggest a misplaced hope (v.10). Confess this to the Lord and ask him to help you re-focus on what is truly valuable in this life and the life to come.
- Praise the living God for saving us and using us to save others
- Praise Jesus for the privilege it is to be His servants
- Ask God to help us grasp more deeply the value of living a godly life
- Ask God to empower us to discipline ourselves for the purpose of growing in godliness