Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)
- What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten out of politeness?
- How would this country change if mothers were the only ones allowed to vote?
- What is something that reminds you of your mom? Why that in particular?
There may not be another word that brings more emotion and prompts more memories than the word “mom.” When Mother’s Day comes around and memories surface, we need to be ready to understand the unique contribution moms make – not only from our own perspective, but also from God’s.
What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?
Everyone has a mom and everyone’s relationship with their mother is unique. What is one part of your relationship with your mother that you appreciate (or appreciated)?
What does the Bible say?
Read 2 Timothy 1:1-7
- What does Paul mean when he calls Timothy his “beloved child?” Are they related?
- In verses 4-5, Paul remembers Timothy’s tenderness and sincere faith. Do you think gentleness and transparency are common or uncommon traits for leaders today? Why or why not?
- A key skill in understanding the Bible (or any book, movie, etc.) is to recognize how different sections relate to each other. With that in mind, what is the connection between Timothy’s mother, grandmother and his ministry?
- How important were Timothy’s mother and grandmother to his ministry?
Apply the Message, Own the Mission
Timothy didn’t come from a “perfect” family. His parents were divided about the most important issues in life. His father was “a Greek” and likely worshiped several local gods unlike Timothy’s mother and grandmother who worshiped Jesus as God. How can God’s use of someone from a divided family be an encouragement to us today?
“God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power, love and self-control.” What does the balance of power, love and self-control that was given to Timothy (and us) tell us about God?
Few people recognize how much “power” or influence we really have over those around us. What is one way that you need to show love or exercise self-control this week? Share one way with the group.