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Workman Study

Small group bible study in light of kjv@2Timothy:2:15-16 by Layman RandyP

Today's Text:

2Timothy 2:15-16 kjv


(15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
(16) But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.


Introduction:

The topic today is small group home bible study, how best to construct it, how best to operate in it, how to have it be fruitful and benefit those whom it is intended best for the glory of God. Our passage today does not directly mention home study groups, in fact it concerns the pastorate instead. My feeling though is that these verses have much to say in this regard as the ideal of the home study group should be as an extension of the pastorate; not a replacement for it.

The majority of groups that I am aware of are not lead by the pastor as they are comprised, which means that the requisite workman discipline and ethic of the pastor stated in these two verses must be assumed by the elder or teacher or person leading the group. The pastor must be diligently concerned to oversee this workmanship. The rest of the home group needs to be aware and assist in maintaining this ideal as well. We all have a part in this ideal because if we don't uphold this ideal the group runs the risk of either not glorifying our God to the fullest or falling into this category of profane/vain babblings thus increasing ungodliness. Certainly not what is intend by a home group but, as we'll see certainly easy enough for us all to fall into.

1. The Leader

2Timothy 2:15 kjv


(15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

So we see now a top down view of Paul's counsel to a young but gifted pastor and by extension here we see a top down view of what would also be good counsel to a person enlisted to be a small home group leader. Here is a good summary:

1Timothy 4:11-16 kjv


(11) These things command and teach.
(12) Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
(13) Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
(14) Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
(15) Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
(16) Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Let's now develop it further into what the study should be and how it should be operated.

2. The Study

2Timothy 2:16 kjv


(16) But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

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