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Dr. June Normil
Timothy was a coworker in Paul's ministry. Paul had appointed him as a minister in Ephesus. Paul had placed Timothy in Ephesus for a very important reason (verse 3). He wanted Timothy to instruct the Christians under his pastoral care to receive and teach the truth. There was a problem in Ephesus. Some in the church wanted to base their faith on legends and myths. Timothy was responsible for warning people not to base their understanding of their faith on the false stories of deceptive people. Some of them were caught up in a misguided pastime of some Jews in that day. Paul rightly recognized that false doctrine is a fundamental threat to the Church, as it leads God's people into divison and error. Paul instead called believers to increase in love, with pure hearts, good consciences, and sincere faith. Teachers at Ephesus were using the Old Testament to undermine the gospel. Timothy could only presuade others to keep the faith if he did so himself. He needed a good conscience to distinguish between right and wrong, anf follow the voice of the Spirit.
[For Pesonal Reflection] How would you respond to false teachings ?
PURSUE GODLINESS ABOVE ALL ELSE (1 TIMOTHY 6:6-14)
The right approach to Christian discipleship is living out that which is taught by Jesus Christ and His apostles, as conveyed to us through trusted leaders as well as personal study. As we move forward, it is important to recognoze that such discipleship will involve both belief and practice. If our faith (what we believe) is wrong, then our practice will also be wrong. And if our practice (what we do) is wrong, then our faith will be corrupted and may even show itself to be a faith that does not save (see James 2:14-17). Take a moment to examine your own spiritual growth. Does your life reflect the teachings of Scripture, and thereby confirm that you are a discipe of Christ? Pray that God will help you grow in your understanding and obedience to Scripture, and as a result, grow in your walk with Christ.
LIVE A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD!
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 100 Number 1 Sep. Oct. Nov. 2018 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil