At The Movies – Part 4: Faithfulness

At The Movies – Part 4: Faithfulness

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Faithfulness
At The Movies – Part 4
July 9-10, 2022
Cody Kiwaczyk

2 Timothy 2:22, 2 Chronicles 34

Series Memory Verse: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893)

  • I Am Motivated To Live In Faithfulness.

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” 2 Timothy 2:22 (p.915)

– Run away from what pulls you away.

“Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts…” 2 Timothy 2:22 (p.915)

– Run towards Jesus.

“…Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace…” 2 Timothy 2:22 (p.915)

– Run with others running towards Jesus.

“Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”
2 Timothy 2:22 (p.915)

“When the king heard what was written in Law, he tore his clothes in despair.”
2 Chronicles 34:19 (p.358)

“We have not been doing everything this scroll says we must do.”
2 Chronicles 34:21 (p.358)

“If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.”
2 Timothy 2:13 (p.914)

My Next Step This Week:

____ Today I am choosing to be faithful to God, and to let His faithfulness be part of who I am, allowing the Holy Spirit to produce in me a life of faithfulness.

This Week’s Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading: Faithfulness (p.A64-65)


Discussion/Groups Guide  At The Movies – Part 4: “Faithfulness”

Life Groups use this guide in their discussion and study of the Weekend Talk. Use this also as a discussion guide with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • In what different contexts do we typically think of faithfulness?
  • What does it mean to be “faithful”? Is this different from being “full of faith”?
  • What are some things we can do to help us stay faithful when confronted with temptation?
  • Do you feel like when the Bible or the Church talks about things like faithfulness, it just becomes a laundry list of Dos and Don’ts?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

Our One Thing: I Am Motivated To Live In Faithfulness.

Series Memory Verse: Galatians 5:22–23 (p.893)

  • See also: 2 Timothy 2:22 (p915); Lamentations 3:22-23 (p.624); Hebrews 10:23 (p.926); Luke 16:10 (p.798)

One Voice Bible Story Background: 2 Chronicles 34-35 (esp. vs 1-2) (p.358); see also 2 Kings 22-23 (note 23:25) (p.304).

  • Josiah is faithful as he purifies the temple, purges the land of pagan idols and shrines, and renews the Covenant.
  • Josiah is a great example from the Bible of one who was faithful. Josiah not only was faithful to God, but he led his people to return to their covenant relationship with God. Sadly, his reforms didn’t last, as the next king—Josiah’s son—did evil in the sight of the Lord.

This week our discussion focuses on a few actions to live in faithfulness that we can learn from Josiah:

– Run away from what pulls you away. 2 Chronicles 34:1-3b, 8a (p.358); 2 Timothy 2:22a (p.915)

  • Can you imagine being crowned King at age eight?
  • What did Josiah do when he was still just a 16–20-year-old King?
  • Talk about these simple formulas for temptation vs. sin:
    Temptation = Desire + Opportunity. Sin = Desire + Opportunity + Wrong Action.
  • How does Paul’s advice to Timothy align with Josiah’s actions?

– Run towards Jesus. 2 Chronicles 34:31 (p.358); 2 Timothy 2:22 (p.915)

  • Why is it important to not only run away from the bad but to run towards the good?
  • Compare Josiah’s actions with Paul’s advice. How are they similar? Do you have a story to tell about a time when you not only ran away from temptation and sin, but you ran towards faithfulness?

– Run with others running towards Jesus. 2 Chronicles 34:19, 21 (p.358); 2 Timothy 2:22 (p.915)

  • Van Halen had a hit song in the ‘80s, “Runnin’ With the Devil”. Can we agree that this is a bad idea?
  • How can we “run” with the right influences and influencers? How do you run with God?
  • What is your first reaction to pressure or temptation? Is it faithfulness? Are you “runnin’” with people who will encourage you to live in faithfulness?
  • Discuss this statement: “Faithfulness doesn’t happen automatically. We must intentionally pursue it.”

Digging Deeper

Read 2 Chronicles 34-35. Make note of the various events that happened to tell Josiah’s story. Especially note: 2 Chronicles 34:3, 15, 21, 31, 33.

  • Josiah is a great example from the Bible of one who was faithful. Josiah not only was faithful to God, but he led his people to return to their covenant relationship with God. Sadly, his reforms didn’t last, as the next king—Josiah’s son—did evil in the sight of the Lord. How can that be? He did everything right, but his family slid right back into idolatry and unfaithfulness!
  • It’s a sobering reality that we often do the very same thing in that we do great with God and serve Him faithfully for a time, but then we slip back. How can we increase the probability of our staying faithful to God and the people He loves?

My Next Step This Week:

____ Today I am choosing to be faithful to God, and to let His faithfulness be part of who I am, allowing the Holy Spirit to produce in me a life of faithfulness.

Life Transformation Bible Daily Reading this Week: Faithfulness (p.A64-65).