GUIDESHEET FOR 5-17-20
Trust in God Rewarded!
Think about life:
- Do you have a favorite rewards programs that you participate in? What do you like about it?
- What’s the best reward you’ve received? What did it take to get it?
- Is it easy or hard for you to envision Jesus saying to you at the end, “Well done, good and faithful servant?” Why?
Read 2 Timothy 4:1-8
- This the last letter Paul wrote to Timothy, a younger pastor Paul was mentoring, before Paul’s death. What advice does Paul give to Timothy? Does Timothy’s time sound familiar to ours or different? (Verses 1-5)
- How would you sum up what Paul said about his life? What has been the focus of Paul’s life? Of what does he seem most proud? (Verses 6-7)
- Paul said “I have remained faithful (to the Lord)”. Since Paul called himself a sinner and wrote about his struggle with sin, Paul cannot mean he attained a sinless life. What do you think he means? How does it tie in with God’s grace? (See 2 Tim. 2:13) How important is it that Paul did not say that he won the fight and won the race, but that he fought the good fight and finished the race?
- What prize does Paul say awaits him? (Verse 8) How does that fit in with what wrote Paul wrote in Eph. 1:3-7?
Read Rev. 21:1-7
- When Christ returns and makes everything new, what will be missing? What rewards are pictured in the new heaven and new earth? How does that reward compare with the rewards we often seek in this life? Is it worth waiting for?
- Note: The biblical description of the end is centered on a great and final restoration – a new heaven and a new earth; the perfect garden in Genesis 1-2 restored; people and God together in perfect harmony.
Bible Reading: 2 Tim. 4:1-8; Rev. 21:1-7; Psalm 136; Eph. 1:3-8