April 17, 2018
Read 1 Timothy 4:1-16
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Scripture- 1 Timothy 4:16- Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
Observations- Paul was always concerned about false teaching gaining a strong foothold in any local church, and so he urged Timothy, who he served as spiritual father and mentor, to be careful about the way he lived and the way he taught as he led a local congregation in the truth with grace.
Application- All of us have a responsibility to live well and love well in the name Jesus and for the of the Good News getting a hearing. Those of us tasked with leadership in the church have an even greater responsibility that we must take seriously. Not only must we do this to honor the gift of our own salvation, but we do this to honor those who haven't yet said "Yes!" to following Jesus.
Prayer- Dear God, thank You for such a high and holy calling to serve in Jesus' church to meet the needs of this community in this generation! Help us take our responsibility to use our gifts and graces to honor You and point people to the truth and grace that can only be found in Jesus. Help us to keep a close watch on the way we live and on our teaching. Amen.
"But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered." (2 Peter 2:1-2),
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