Lesson Scriptures: 1 Timothy 4:1-10
Key Lesson Theme: “The Benefit of Spiritual Disciplines”
Today's Lesson: Friday, January 22
1 Timothy 4:1-10
1 Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons,
2 through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.
3 They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth.
4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
5 since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.
6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the good teaching that you have followed.
7a But have nothing to do with pointless and silly myths.
7b Rather, train yourself in godliness.
8 For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
9 This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance.
10 For this reason we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
Live It Out
Paul counseled Timothy to confront false doctrine, focus on the truth of the gospel, and faithfully pursue godliness. Such would not come easy but would require diligent and disciplined effort. The benefits would be worth it all, however, for in Christ was salvation and hope for eternal life. Nothing has changed. We may not be in the same role and situation as Timothy, but as believers we have the same three responsibilities. Furthermore, the same benefits come to us from God, who is ever-faithful. Thus, we are to practice the spiritual disciplines that lead to godliness, not in order to be saved, but because we have been saved.
What are some current false teachings that challenge the truth of the gospel?
In what ways are you disciplining yourself to focus on and lift up the truth of God revealed through Jesus Christ?
How do you define “godliness”?
Why do you consider the pursuit of godliness important? What benefits come from being a godly person?
Until next week Saints…..
Every day is Sunday