Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: 1 Timothy 6:2a–19; John 10:17–18.

Sermon Outline

  • A charge against those who are false (vv.2a–5)
    • They are heterodox
    • They are divisive
    • They are greedy
  • A charge to those are poor (vv.6–10)
    • To the contented poor
    • To the covetous poor
  • A charge to the one who is true (vv.11–16)
    • How we live
    • What we believe
    • Whom we enjoy
  • A charge to the one who wants more (vv.17–19)
    • Two dangers of wealth
    • Two obligations of wealth

Application Questions

  1. What characteristics of the false teachers does Paul emphasize here?
  2. Have you experienced the “commercializing” of religion?
  3. What is the prosperity gospel heresy? How do you know it when you see it?
  4. Would you describe yourself as content? How would you do (or how are you doing) with having just the food, clothing, and shelter you need?
  5. What’s the difference between contending for the faith and a craving for contention?
  6. What does Paul mean by the phrase “eternal life”? What does it mean to take hold of it?
  7. Do you think of yourself as wealthy? Which of the dangers or obligations of wealth most struck you? How might this apply to your daily life?

Select Resources Consulted

  • John Stott, The Message of 1 Timothy, Titus (The Bible Speaks Today, IVP 1996)
  • Thomas Traherne, Centuries of Meditations, “The First Century” (cracking commentary on Christian contentment!)
  • Kate Bowler, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (OUP, 2018)
  • Randy Alcorn, Money, Possessions, and Eternity: A Comprehensive Guide to What the Bible Says about Financial Stewardship, Generosity, Materialism, Retirement, Financial Planning, Gambling, Debt, and More (Tyndale House, 2021)
  • JND Kelly, A Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles (Harper & Row, 1963)

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Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Sam Fornecker (SFornecker@StAndrews.Church).

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