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16. Sound Teaching and Example (1Tim 4:1-16)
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16: Sound Teaching and Example (1Tim 4:1-16)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

After giving 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.

B.     Key Verse

            “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).

C.     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.”

II.    Observation

A.     Outline




B.     Key Words/Phrases

III. General Analysis

1. Record the words or phrases in verses 6-16 that convey the diligence that a minister of God ought to have.

IV.  Segment Analysis

A.     4:1-5

1. What has the Holy Spirit prophesied concerning the latter times?

2a. What are some of the false teachings propounded by these hypocritical liars?

2b. Are you aware of any such false teachings today?

2c. What should be the correct teachings concerning marriage and foods?

3. What does Paul mean by “every creature… is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (4-5)?

B.     4:6-11

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 and suffering?

8. How do you understand the words, “God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe”?

C.     4:12-16

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 life.

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?

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