2 Peter 1, Biblical Counseling, Create in a Clean Heart, Discipleship, Ephesians 2:1-3, Faith, Galatians 3:1-6, Godly Man's Picture, Holiness, Homework, Keith Green, Memorization, Mortification, Psalm 119, Psalm 51, Repentance, Thomas Watson
(The previous entry in this series is found here: https://memoirandremains.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/study-guide-godly-mans-picture-1-godliness-begins-with-forgiveness/)
Read Chapter 2 (pp. 12-14).
1. What is the definition of godliness?
2. By “carnal”, Watson means, that which a human being is by birth without the work of regeneration. To understand this concept read Ephesians 2:1-3.
A. What is the status of a human being outside of Christ (2:1)?
B. What are the characteristics of death (2:1-2)?
C. Whom does one “follow”?
D. What is the controlling aspect of a human being in this state (2:3)?
E. What does Paul name such people (2:3)?
F. To see the nature of the transformation wrought by God, read Ephesians 2:4-10.
3. How does Watson describe the transformation wrought at salvation?
4. What does Watson mean by stating godliness is a “fact”?
5. In contrasting godliness with a “fantasy” and “feverish conceit” and a “fancy”, what does Watson hope to achieve? How might someone wrongly think about godliness?
6. Watson quotes Psalm 119:30 (“the way of truth”; ESV, “the way of faithfulness”). Read through Psalm 119 (at least read 119:1-32). Is the godliness to which a Christian is called a substantial, coherent thing? Is there an objective nature of godliness (as opposed to an emotional desire for some vague change)? What is the substance and basis of this way of truth? What are the facts of this godliness?
7. What does Watson emphasize the fact of godliness being a true thing? What prejudice do many people hold against the idea of godliness?
8. What does Paul mean by “circumcision of the heart” (Romans 2:9)?
9. Watson uses the image of true godliness being not merely in the leaf but also in the sap. What does he mean to convey by this image?
10. Watson quotes Psalm 51:6. First read the entire Psalm.
A. What is the main thrust of the Psalm?
B. Why does David seek “wisdom in the secret heart”?
C. What does David not want to be (Matthew 23:25-26)?
11. What is the true source of godliness?
12. From where can we not seek godliness?
13. Godliness is a fruit of the _____?
14. Read Galatians 3:1-6.
A. What is the wrong way to seek advancement in the Christian life?
B. What is the proper way to seek the work of the spirit (3:5)?
C. What then will be necessary for us to seek godliness?
15. Do you have the power to change yourself?
16. Does the work of the Spirit in rendering godliness only affect one part of a person’s life? Explain.
17. Does godliness work only occasionally? Is true godliness a casual, incidental thing?
18. What is happening in a human being who grows in godliness? 2 Peter 1:3-4.
19. Godliness is the seed of what?
20. Does one who is truly redeemed ever lose the seed of godliness?
21. Read 2 Peter 1:3-11.
A. What has been granted to us (v. 3).
B. What else has been granted to us (v. 4).
C. What must we seek (vv. 5-7)? Where does it all end?
D. What will be a blessing of such growth?
E. What must we conclude about someone who lacks such growth?
F. What is the end of this effort?
G. What is the spring, the source of this change (v. 5: the first element).
H. Compose a prayer asking God for such change in your life.
Memorization: Psalm 119:9,
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
Create in me a clean heart, Keith Green