The goal of our instruction

May 29, 2016 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Discipleship in the church

Topic: Discipleship Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:1–1:11

Discipling the church
The goal of our instruction-outline
1 Timothy 1:1-11
The goal of gospel instruction is love so we oppose myths and misusing the law

1) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope. To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord, 1:1-2.
How does Paul’s introduction to this letter relate to the fact that he is calling Timothy to confront false teachers?

2) As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith, 1:3-4.
What does Paul say are the problems with what “certain persons” were teaching in the Ephesian church? The word “stewardship” has to do with ordering and managing a household. So how does Paul contrast the results of the false teaching with what Paul had taught them?

3) The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith, 1:5.
Describe what Paul says the aim or goal of the apostolic, gospel-centered instruction is.

4) Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions, 1:6-7.
What does Paul say is the result of swerving from or abandoning the goal of gospel-centered instruction?

5) Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 1:8-10.
What does Paul mean by saying the law is not for the righteous but for the lawless, etc.? Discuss the list of those whom the law is for.

6) in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted, 1:11.
Paul says that sound doctrine is what is in accordance with the gospel. What makes the gospel superior to the law for transforming sinners (see 1 Cor. 6:9-11)? How does the gospel reveal the glory of God? What do you think of God being “blessed” or “happy”?

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