Outline of this Word
Other Concepts (found within the context of this word)
Rather than having false views about the resurrection (and the moral conduct that can accompany such a view).
Alert, ready for the Lord's return (rather than being asleep, as the pagans are).
Overseers - 1 Timothy 3:2
Women (Deacon's wives? - see context) - 1 Timothy 3:11
Older men - Titus 2:2
Timothy - a pattern for leadership
[Note: The rest of us are addressed in the first section of this outline!]
A readiness to let Jesus' return and God's holiness influence the way we think and act.
A careful evaluation of the circumstances around us and a proper response to them; a focus on soon-coming events.
Aware of the enemy's desire to destroy us.
2 Timothy 2:26 - [v. 24-25: The Lord's servant must... gently correct those who oppose him, in hope that God will grant them repentance...] and that they will come to their senses (and escape the devil's trap...)
[Concepts may be found in the context surrounding the verse references given below.]
1 Corinthians 15:34 - sinning
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 - darkness, drunk, being overtaken by "the day" (all applied metaphorically, referring to being unprepared for the Lord's coming), experiencing God's wrath
2 Timothy 4:3-5 - turning away from the truth
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 - being alert; faith, love, hope
1 Timothy 3:2, 11; 4:1-5; Titus 2:2 - [lists of qualities]
2 Timothy 2:26 - repentance, escaping the devil's trap
1 Peter 1:13; 4:7; 5:8 - [numerous commands, etc., in context]
(You may include verses which are not a part of this study.)
We should have clear, unconfused thinking in all areas of life. But much of the focus in these verses in on clear thinking about trials we experience in this present life and about the things we should expect in the future - Jesus' return and our future hope. Review what the verses say about these things.
In the verses given, what are some ways in which confused or "fuzzy" thinking about these things can result in wrong actions?
In what ways can we be "sober" or have clear thinking about the Lord's return? our present circumstances (trials)? our future expectations? Do you ever have confused, uncertain thinking in these areas? What are some things you can work on to change your thinking?
What are some past instances in which false thinking led you to wrong actions? What are some things you can do to avoid cloudy, false thinking? How can you help others in this matter? [Note: Helping others in this matter is one of the primary obligations of leadership (2 Timothy 2:26), but probably many of us have some situations in which we should do it. See Galatians 6:1, as an example of this.]
Dennis Hinks © 1996