Scripture Text. 1 Timothy 4:1-16. Discipleship: “ Discipline yourself in godliness. ”. 1 Timothy 4:1-16. Discipleship is a lifelong process. 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
1 Timothy 4:1-16
1 Timothy 4:1-16
4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
v9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10(and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.
v11 Command and teach these things
v.7 Train yourself in godliness; (RSV)
“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” (NASV)“train yourself to be godly” (NIV)
Discipleship Transformation -
The Image Of Christ
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NASV)
now we are children of God,
and it has not appeared as yet what we will be.
We know that when He appears,
we will be like Him,
because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” I John 3:2-3 (NASV)
Illustration- a river and a row boat
There are three things you can do:
1. Paddle against the current.
2. Sit in the rowboat and go with the flow.
3. Paddle with the current.
God uses three primary catalysts
for changing us.
Illustration - Tom
"Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”
Mark 16:15 (NASV)
John chapter nine
Illustration - Fanny Crosby
Oh what a happy soul I am,Although I cannot see;I am resolved that in this world,Contented I will be.
This is my song.Praising my Savior all the day long.
Blind – yes!
Discouraged – never!
“And we know that God causes all things
to work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28 (NASV)
"work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you." Phil. 2:12-13
“Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”
1Timothy 4:7 (NASV)
“The job of a football coach
is to make men do
what they don’t want to do
in order to achieve
what they’ve always wanted.”
Life long discipleship
for the purpose of
Will you commit to
for the purpose of godliness.”