Chapter 2 Discussion Guide
Section A: Chapter 2:1-7 (CSB)
“First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.
For this I was appointed a herald, an apostle (I am telling the truth; I am not lying), and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”
How does Paul’s instruction accomplish what God wants?
The Point: Paul instructs that all kinds of prayer be made for everyone – essentially: “Keep God in all areas of your life!” This is so we may lead a life that is different from the ‘noisy’ world around us, and therefore point more dramatically to God. This allows the maximum number of people to see God’s people, and consider who He is.
Does a “Quiet” life mean we can’t have fun or be loud?
The Point: We can certainly have fun and be literally ‘noisy!’ at play! This ‘quiet’ is a figurative term for our general demeanor – where we are submissive, tranquil, and at peace, because of our Faith in God our Savior.
Why can’t we mediate for ourselves?
The Point: A perfect mediator must not ‘owe’ anything to either side, or they’d be biased! Therefore, a perfect mediator must be Sinless, or they’d OWE something to God. Also, God is Holy – therefore anyone who had sinned could never approach Him to begin mediating! We need Jesus Christ, fully Human like us, and fully Sinless like God, to mediate on our behalf.
Section B: Chapter 2:8-15 (CSB)
“Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument. Also, the women are to dress themselves in modest clothing, with decency and good sense, not with elaborate hairstyles, gold, pearls, or expensive apparel, but with good works, as is proper for women who profess to worship God. A woman is to learn quietly with full submission. I do not allow a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; instead, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed. But she will be saved through childbearing, if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with good sense.”
What was sin’s effect on men & women in Ephesus?
The Point: Men vacated their responsibility to lead according to God’s Word. Instead, they were wrapped up in ‘self’, arguing for their own viewpoints. Men failed to lead through love and service. Wealthy women were using their means to suppress the less fortunate, and then exercising dominance by exploiting their influence and teaching their own viewpoints.
How can we see sin’s effect on men & women today?
The Point: Even today, we see men despising their call to lead according to God’s Word. Instead, they are wrapped up in ‘self’, arguing for their own opinions. Men fail to lead with love through service. Women use personal and political influence to usurp power, and proclaim their ‘independence’ from man, contrary to God’s design for them as man’s helper.
Why do men & women despise their God-given roles?
The Point: We don’t like being told what to do! God created Men & Women differently and assigned to them distinct roles. Our sin causes us to see our role as less desirable, and therefore we rebel against God’s design, and against our counterpart, by failing to carry out our ‘assignment’, in favor of whatever we’d like to do – be that through laziness, or carrying out a role we’re not assigned to.
What do we learn about God from Chapter 2?
How do your behaviors and decisions show that you are ‘Set Apart’ as part of God’s People?
How will we help each other to grow in Christlikeness this week?