Good doctrine and godliness
Topic: Discipleship Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1–4:10
Discipleship in the church
Good doctrine and godliness-outline
1 Timothy 4:1-10
Some will abandon the faith, so train in good doctrine for godliness
What does 1 Timothy 3:16 say the mystery of godliness is?
1) Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 4:1.
How will some depart from the faith?
2) through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 4:2.
What does this verse say about those who depart from the faith?
3) who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth, 4:3.
What are the teachings of demons Paul referred to in v.1? Why does he say these are teachings of demons? How does Paul correct the teaching abstaining from foods?
4) For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer, 4:4-5.
How is food made holy by the word of God and prayer? How does this relate to godliness?
5) If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed, 4:6.
Why is it so important that we are trained in the words of the faith and good doctrine?
6) Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness, 4:7.
What are some of the sources of the irreverent, useless myths that we should avoid today? How do we train ourselves for godliness?
7) for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, 4:8-9.
What are ways godliness is valuable for this life? What are ways it is valuable for the life to come?
8) For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe, 4:10.
Why does Paul say that we are to toil and strive to grow in godliness and to help others grow in it, when he says we have set our hope on God who loves to save all those who believe in Christ? (If saving people for godliness is God’s work, why do we need to work at it so hard?)