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July 1st, 2012
Discussion Questions: REFORMED, ALWAYS BEING REFORMED
2 Chronicles 15:1-19
1) The Spirit of the Lord comes upon Azariah son of Oded, and he prophesies to King Asa. When does the Spirit of the Lord come upon Christians? Has He ever come upon you? How would you know? What is the connection between the Spirit and prophecy?
2) “If you seek the Lord, He will be found by you,” is part of Azariah’s prophecy. How have you found the Lord when you sought Him? What insights does the hymn, “I Sought The Lord, And Afterward I Knew” give to this prophecy?
3) The societal chaos described in verses 3-6 sounds very much like what was happening during the period of the Judges, “when there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (See Judges, chapters 17-21) How is American society like this today? Is it possible that our society’s problems are bleeding over into the Church? What are Christians to do about this?
4) Asa and the people take an oath to kill anyone who will not seek the Lord. What are Christians to make of Old Testament death penalties for heresies? If death is not required in the New Testament, what are Christians supposed to do about heresy? Simply tolerate it? 5) Asa even removes his grandmother from her honored position as Queen Mother because she practiced, or had practiced, the Baal worship of the Canaanites. What parts of remaining faithful to biblical faith have you found difficult? What fears do you now have about remaining faithful?
2 Timothy 3:1-17
6) Paul warns about the coming moral chaos of “the last days”. What does it mean to live in the last days? Were they living in them in the 1st century? Why or why not? Are we living in them now? Why or why not?
7) Jannes and Jambres are legendary characters, not named in the Bible, but according to tradition, the Egyptian magicians who opposed and duplicated the miraculous signs of Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh. By the first century, in both Judaism and Christianity, they were considered archetypal heretics who opposed the truth. (This would be like a preacher referring to the daughter of Herodias as “Salome”, even though the gospels do not name her; the congregation would know the reference.) Jude also refers to Jewish legends known by his readers in his letter (Michael and the devil arguing over the body of Moses). Does the referencing of legendary or literary characters as illustrations in the Bible undermine its historicity? Why or why not?
8) Why will everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus be persecuted? What persecutions have you faced?
9) How does the Old Testament make people wise for salvation in Christ Jesus?
10) What is the meaning of verses 16 and 17? Even though Paul probably is speaking exclusively about the Old Testament scriptures, do these words apply to the New Testament as well? Why or why not?
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