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1. In 2 Timothy 4:13, Paul asked Timothy to bring several items. What does Pauls request
communicate to us about the importance of studying Gods word?
2. What, in your mind, is a servant? Describe the feelings you have about being a servant of Christ
and His kingdom. Be honest!
3. Would you agree that most servers receive little appreciation for their efforts? If so, why is
this? If not, what type of recognition do they receive?
4. If Jesus were to come back to earth today, what types of ministry service would you wish you
5. Why, according to Hebrews 9:14, does the blood of Christ cleanse our consciences when we
6. What does it mean to serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2)?
7. What does Psalm 84:10 show us about Davids view of service?
8. Why should we serve the Lord? (see Deuteronomy 13:4.)
9. When serving God seems like a burden, remembering the great things he has done for you
vaporizes the burden. What great things has God done for you? Be specific.
10. Read Isaiah 6:6-8. What was Isaiahs response to God? Why?
11. C.H. Spurgeon said in a sermon in 1867, The child of God works not for life, but from life;
he does not work to be saved, he works because he is saved. Describe in your own words
what he is saying.
12. What can we learn about humble service from each of these passages?
a. Mark 12:28-31
b. John 13:12-16
c. Philippians 2:3
13. Why is it so easy for us to serve people for the wrong reasons? If you feel free to do so, share
a time when you served for the wrong reasons.
14. What, according to Galatians 5:13, is at the heart of disciplined service?
15. What do each of the following passages reveal about spiritual gifts: 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 27-31;
Ephesians 4:7-13; 1 Peter 4:10-11?
16. What do you consider your gift to be? (Read Romans 12:4-8) Why?
17. How does Colossians 1:29 apply to the work God may be calling you to do?
18. Do you agree that service that costs nothing accomplishes nothing? Explain your answer.
19. What does Jesus call the satisfying work of serving God? (See John 4:34)
20. A. What promises does God make concerning our service to Him?
1 Cor. 15:58:
Hebrews 6 :10:
B. Does that mean well always see the fruit of our labors? Why or why not?
21. Why do you think people have difficulty managing their money? Which cultural and personal
factors contribute to this difficulty?
22. Do you often feel that there arent enough hours in the day? What are some of the reasons
why people feel so much time pressure?
23. When someone mentions your need to be a better steward of money and time, how do you
24. Reread John 17:4. What work do you believe God has given you to do? How well are you
25. According to Ephesians 5:15-16, the days are evil. Why, therefore are we to make the most
of our time? How do we do this?
26. Which things hinder you from using your time the way God would have you use it? Be honest
27. What must you do to obey the command found in Colossians 3:2?
28. How strongly do you believe in the existence of evil spirits today? In what ways does a persons
view of evil influence the time he or she spends in the Christian Disciplines?
29. Read 2 Cor. 6:2 and James 4:14. If you knew youd be in eternity tomorrow, how would you
live life differently today?
30. What circumstances have reminded you that time is passing and death might be near (see Psalm
31. a. Consider ways in which youve misused time. If you feel comfortable doing so, share them
with the group. Also state your most effective means of minimizing the misuse of time.
b. Read Philippians 3:13-14. What is the will of God for us, despite the ways in which weve
32. What does Hebrews 5:12 say about using our time to gains spiritual maturity?
33. Look up Matthew 12:36 and 25:14-30. What do they say about Gods judgement of our actions
34. What do Proverbs 5:11-13 and 24:33-34 say about lost time and opportunity?
35. Is it easy to grasp that God owns everything we possess? Why or why not?
36. a. What does Luke 16:10-13 say about who God can trust?
b. Why do you think Luke likens money to a master (verse 13)?
37. In what ways can you excel in love by giving? (see 2 Cor. 8:7.)
38. Why should you give to God willingly, thankfully, and cheerfully?
39. If you are meeting in a group, discuss the meaning of each phrase in 2 Cor. 9:6-8.
40. Describe what you think fasting means. Include what you consider to be positive and negative
aspects of fasting.
41. Describe what you have learned about fasting from other Christians.
42. Have you ever chosen to temporarily seek privacy for spiritual purposes? If so, describe what
it was like.
43. List the ten biblical purposes of fasting.
44. Review the various kinds of fasts mentioned in the Bible. Then determine which kind of fast
each of the following passage describes:
45. Place the first four biblical purposes of fasting into a group, then the next three, then the last
three. Which one from each group do you think would be most common?
46. Consider these passages, noticing the word when: Matthew 6:2-3, 5-7, 16-17. What do they
reveal about the importance of fasting.
47. What do we learn about fasting from Matthew 9:14-15?
48. What specific instructions about fasting are given in Matthew 6:16-18?
49. Why is having a biblical purpose for your fast perhaps the single most important concept to
take from this chapter?
50. How does some degree of hunger actually help you during a fast? When you sense hunger
during a fast, what is the mental process it should trigger?
51. Read Ezra 7:11-20; 8:21-23. What was Ezras situation, and what did he do?
52. God is always pleased to hear His peoples prayers and is also pleased when we choose to
strengthen our prayers through fasting. Why did the following people fast?
Nehemiah (see Nehemiah 1:3-4):
The early Christians (see Acts 13:2-3)
53. What is the relationship between repentance and fasting (see 1 Samuel 7:6; Joel 2:12; Jonah
54. What does Isaiah 58:6-7 reveal about the role of fasting in meeting the needs of others?
55. Look up these verses: Matthew 4:1; 13:23; Mark 1:35; Luke 4:42. What do they tell us about
56. Why do you think many of us are uncomfortable when we are alone with our own thoughts
and Gods word?
57. Read Mark 6:31. Do you receive enough rest? What steps can you take to have time alone with
God to restore your body and spirit?
58. In which areas do you need to seek Gods will? What can you learn from Jesus actions in
59. Is your impression of journaling positive or negative? What has helped to shape this
60. Why is it important for Christians to continue to learn about God? About the world? About
61. Why is it important to record the works and ways of God in your life?
62. How might journaling aid you in doing what Romans 12:3 tells us to do? In biblical meditation
63. Read Psalm 77:11-12. Which deeds of the Lord should you write down and preserve?
64. What do we learn about creating and preserving a spiritual heritage from these verses?
a. Deuteronomy 6:4-7
b. 2 Timothy 1:5
65. Why is self accountability so important in our Christian walk?
66. Why is journaling important even when you dont feel like doing it?
67. What type of journal format would be most suitable for you? Why?
68. Have you ever known a professing Christian who deliberately chose not to learn new things?
Or a believer who sought learning continually? What did you observe about each?
69. What is your personal view of the importance of seeking wisdom and knowledge? What do
the following Proverbs say about this?
70. How does Mark 12:29-30 help you to better understand importance of godly learning?
71. In Romans 12:2; What does God call us to do?
72. Do you agree that those who are not trying to learn will only get spiritual and biblical
knowledge by accident or convenience?
73. What role do you think parents play in teaching their children to become intentional learners?
74. Review the ways in which you can learn intentionally. Which ones might help you this week?
75. Do you agree that growing Christians are reading Christians? Why or why not?
76. If you are not a consistent reader, could you begin the one-page-per-day reading habit? If so,
what book would you begin?
77. What is offered in Proverbs 13:4 to intentional, disciplined learners who seek knowledge and
wisdom in order to love God more and become more Christlike?
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