1 Timothy 4: Philosophies & Fantasies

How do you think first-century people forsaking their faith compares with conditions today?

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1 Timothy 4:1–3 The Holy Spirit plainly says that in these last days, people will forsake their faith, loving the deception and doctrines of evil spirits. With dead consciences, they embrace and promote lies as if they were the truth. They call for celibacy and say it’s a sin to eat meat, but that’s not right. We who know the truth are thankful that God created these things for our benefit.
King James
1 Timothy 4:1–3 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; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 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.

What are God’s greatest gifts?

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Luke 11:13 “If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, you can be sure your heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
Romans 8:14–15 All those who are guided by the Holy Spirit are God’s children, but not as slaves obeying out of fear. You are God’s adopted children, who seek to please him.
Philippians 4:19 Out of his glorious resources in Christ Jesus, my God will take care of everything you need.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, to forgive instead of punishing us.
1 Timothy 4:4–5 We shouldn’t refuse what God has created for our good. Be thankful for his gifts, made suitable for his purpose through his word and prayer.
King James
Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Romans 8:14–15 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Timothy 4:4–5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

How can we most effectively share the good news of Jesus Christ?

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1 Timothy 4:6 You will be a good minister of Jesus Christ by reminding believers of the truth. They will receive spiritual growth from the knowledge and faith you have.
King James
1 Timothy 4:6 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.

What can we do to distance ourselves from philosophies and fantasies?

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1 Timothy 4:7 Pay no attention to philosophies and fantasies, but focus on what pleases the Lord and makes us more like him.
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1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

How would you describe a good “spiritual exercise” program?

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1 Timothy 4:8–9 Physical exercise is beneficial, but spiritual exercise in hearing and following the Lord is worth much more, promising a richer life now and eternal rewards in the life to come—an absolute truth that everyone should accept.
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1 Timothy 4:8–9 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. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

What assures us that the reward justifies the sacrifices we have to make?

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1 Timothy 4:10 That’s why we work so hard and endure so much hardship and persecution. We want God to save everyone and are especially thankful for those who have already believed.
King James
1 Timothy 4:10 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.

To what extent should teachers be concerned for how well their students learn?

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1 Timothy 4:11 Be concerned for more than teaching the truth. Be persuasive, compelling people to listen, learn, and do.
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1 Timothy 4:11 These things command and teach.

Why do people respect those whose lives are exemplary?

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Matthew 5:15–16 “People do not light a lamp and hide it under a bowl. It is placed on a stand to give light to everyone in the house. In the same way, you should let your kindness shine before men so they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”
1 Timothy 4:12 Even in your youth, people will respect you if all you say and do sets a good example, revealing your complete trust in God and unconditional love for people.
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Matthew 5:15–16 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
1 Timothy 4:12 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.

What scriptures might Timothy have typically read to people?

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1 Timothy 4:13 While you wait for me to arrive, focus on reading Scripture to people, encouraging them, explaining the truth to them,
King James
1 Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

How valuable is an unused gift?

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1 Timothy 4:14 Don’t let God’s gifts sit in a box unused. Exercise that which was spoken by prophets when God’s call upon your life was confirmed with the laying on of hands by church leaders.
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1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

How can we be sure of God’s call upon our lives?

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1 Samuel 3:9 Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down. If you hear his voice, say to the Lord God, ‘What is it, Master, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went back to bed with an open ear to hear.
Matthew 22:14 “Many are called, and few are chosen.”
1 Timothy 4:14 Don’t let God’s gifts sit in a box unused. Exercise that which was spoken by prophets when God’s call upon your life was confirmed with the laying on of hands by church leaders.
1 Peter 2:9 You are a chosen people of the royal order, a pure and holy multitude in a unique position to exalt the one who has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
King James
1 Samuel 3:9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

What does meditation do for us?

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Psalm 19:14 Let everything I think and everything I say be acceptable to you, O Lord, my strength and redeemer.
Psalm 119:99 I have better understanding than my teachers, because your words are always on my mind.
Psalm 143:5 As I remember when you’ve helped me through hard times, I marvel at what you’ve done and think about the greater things that lie ahead as you continue to work in me.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon what the Lord would have you do, completely surrendering yourself to his will so others will benefit from your relationship with him.
King James
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

What can happen when we fail to pay attention?

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1 Thessalonians 5:6 While others are asleep, not paying attention, not caring, we need to wake up and be alert to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to our hearts.
1 Timothy 4:16 Pay close attention to who you are and what you’re teaching, which can save those who hear you and you as well.
King James
1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1 Timothy 4:16 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.