16: Sound Teaching and Example (1Tim 4:1-16)
instructions about the proper conduct of believers in the church, Paul now
returns to the specific task which Timothy was left in Ephesus to carry out—combat false teachings.
As the Holy Spirit has revealed, false prophets and apostates have indeed risen
up to spread false doctrines. Paul warns Timothy about this danger and charges
him to counter false doctrines with sound doctrine and godly conduct.
“Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing
this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (4:16).
Did You Know…?
1. “Youth” (4:12): Timothy was probably in his
mid-30s or younger, and in that day, such an influential position was not
usually held by a man so young. For this reason, perhaps his leadership had
been called into question.”
1. Record the
words or phrases in verses 6-16 that convey the diligence that a minister of
God ought to have.
1. What has the Holy Spirit prophesied concerning
the latter times?
2a. What are some of the false teachings propounded by these
2b. Are you
aware of any such false teachings today?
2c. What should be the correct teachings concerning marriage and
3. What does Paul mean by “every creature… is
sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (4-5)?
4. What specific measures should Timothy take to
counter the works of the false teachers?
5. What contrasts do you see between the minister
of Jesus Christ (6) and the preacher of false doctrines (1-2)?
6a. How should you exercise yourself toward godliness?
6b. In what ways can exercise in godliness profit you?
7. What are the goal and the basis of Paul’s labor
8. How do you understand the words, “God, who is
the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe”?
9. How should Timothy conduct himself so that he
will not be despised of his youth? Explain the answer and apply it to your own
10. What work
does Paul encourage Timothy to give attention to?
11a. Explain how
verse 14 fits into the context of this paragraph.
11b. Have you
neglected the gift that is in you? What should you do with your gift?
12. What two aspects
must Timothy take heed to and continue in? Why?