Lesson No. 438
Book of I Timothy, Chapter 4
"Read, Exhort, and Study Doctrine"

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Paul gives guidelines for teaching

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Lesson No. 438 "Read, Exhort, and Study Doctrine"

Book of 1st Timothy, Chapter 4



1) Paul gives some direction from who in verse 1? Is this the job of the Holy Spirit? How does this work?

2) What does Paul say will happen as he warns Timothy? Hint- four things in verse 2 through 4.

3) What is the big deal about not eating some food? It's the clash between Jewish tradition and Peter's vision (Acts 10: 1-16) and false teachers doing the same regarding cults and pagan beliefs.

4) Paul says to Timothy, if you keep those things- faith in Jesus Christ, resisting seducing spirits, speaking in truth, eating food sanctified by God, what kind of minister will Timothy be? (Hint- verse 6) Isn't there more to being a good minister?

5) Paul goes on to say he should refuse profane and old wives tales and exercise spiritually, but not so much physically exercise, why? (Hint- verses 8, 9 and 10) Isn't physical exercise and heath important? What's more important?

6) Paul goes on to tell Timothy not to let his youth stop him (Verse 12). How can his youth hurt his ministry? (verse 12)

7) How does Paul council Timothy regarding his behavior? (Verse 12)

8) Paul again talks about Timothy's gifts? What are they and how did he get them? How were they confirmed? (Hint- verse 14; Chapter 1: 18)

9) Finally, why does Paul say that following these instructions is important? (Hint- verse 16) Is it important to us too? Everything we do, in the assembly of saints and in our lives, serves Christ in the salvation of non-believers.

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