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 4:6–16; Matthew 5:13–16.

Sermon Outline

  • Wholly embracing the faith
  • Fully thinking the faith
  • Faithfully living the faith

Application Questions

  1. What’s the difference between the “spiritual bodybuilders” of 1 Tim. 4:1–5 and the godly spiritual athlete of 1 Tim. 4:6–16?
  2. What’s the contemporary counterpart of the Greco-Roman gym? The epicenter of modern cultural life?
  3. Which is easier for you to forget — God’s plan for this present world (the now), or His plan for the life to come (the not yet)?
  4. Pray through the three questions Sam asked. Through which might the Holy Spirit be speaking to you?

Select Resources Consulted

  • Michael Rhodes, Just Discipleship: Biblical Justice in an Unjust World (IVP Academic, 2023)
  • Frank Daubner, “Gymnasia: Aspects of a Greek Institution in the Hellenistic and Roman Near East,” in Michael Blömer et al (eds.), Religious Identities in the Levant from Alexander to Muhammed: Continuity and Change (Tunrhout: Brepols, 2015), 33–46.
  • Raffaele Cribbiore, Gymnastics of the Mind: Greek Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).
  • Christopher J.H. Wright, “God’s Model for Restoration: The Jubilee,” in The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2006), 289–323.

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

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