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1 Timothy 4 - NIV

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.

3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters,[a] you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.

10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach these things.

12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.

14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.

16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.


a. 1 Timothy 4:6 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.

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Joe Harvey avatar
Time to Cowboy Up!
Shared by: Joe Harvey on Jan, 2017
Summary: Father's Day message challenging men to live honorably before God and set and example for their families.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 12
Chris Appleby avatar
Pursue Godliness
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Jan, 2017
Summary: re you working on your own personal spiritual walk with God? Are you training yourself to be more loving, more joyful, more peaceable, more patient, to show more compassion, more humility, to be more self-controlled, more content?
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1-16
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 55
John  WIlkinson avatar
True love
Shared by: John WIlkinson on Jan, 2017
Summary: We must show God's love to be a leader!
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 13
John  WIlkinson avatar
Leaders in Training
Shared by: John WIlkinson on Dec, 2016
Summary: We have to guard how we talk as Christians
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 21
Terry Laughlin avatar
Christ Honoring Ordinations
Shared by: Terry Laughlin on Aug, 2016
Summary: God ordained ministers of the Gospel present a high level of integrity in conduct of life, in proclamation of Biblical truth, and loyalty to the calling God has placed upon those who serve Him.
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B - Be ready
Shared by: Oliver O. Suarez on Jul, 2016
Summary: train yourself so that when opportunities come, you are enthusiastically available and able.
Derek Geldart avatar
Show them the Way
Shared by: Derek Geldart on Jun, 2016
Summary: Like Timothy, one can overcome the world’s perception that attaining holiness is an impossibility by being an example in one’s speech, conduct, love, faith and purity. By living a holy life, dad, you can point your child to our Creator!
Shared by: NNAEMEKA DURUEKE on May, 2016
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12-13
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 343
Shawn miller avatar
Doctrines of Demons
Shared by: Shawn miller on Apr, 2016
Summary: A message about the 3 specific doctrines of demons or false teachings of the devil in the modern church.
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Pay Attention to Yourself
Shared by: Ronald Thorington on Mar, 2016
Summary: Even more important than our physical well being we need of keep a watch on our spiritual health. It is beneficial for both this life and the one to come. (1 Timothy 4:8-9, 16)
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Shared by: Bishop Dr. Julius Soyinka on Mar, 2016
Summary: The ministry of the Church must consist of individuals who possess a genuine divine call and direction, as well as adequate preparation, and they must have the undivided support of their congregations and church leadership.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:6-16
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 405
James Ledbetter avatar
The Great Falling Away
Shared by: James Ledbetter on Feb, 2016
Summary: These are the end times and The bible tells us many will fall away from truth and sound doctrine
Matthew Kratz avatar
Doctrines & Demons
Shared by: Matthew Kratz on Nov, 2015
Summary: 1) The Predictability of Apostasy (1 Timothy 4:1), 2) The Purveyors of Apostasy (1 Timothy 4:2), 3) The Principles of Apostasy (1 Timothy 4:3a), and know: 4) The Response to Apostasy (1 Timothy 4:3b–5)
Paul Basehore avatar
Baking Bread
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Oct, 2015
Summary: If we don't work together with other believers, we will be unfinished -- like bread made without yeast.
Series: Baking Bread
Ed Vasicek avatar
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Sep, 2015
Summary: All of us struggle with lying, and some of us have surrendered to it. Understanding lying is a first step toward being victorious over this sin.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:2
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 745
Paul Basehore avatar
Straight Outta Context: Luke 11:9 - See You At The Pole
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Sep, 2015
Summary: Luke 11:9 doesn't say, “Ask for anything you want.” It’s more like, “Ask for my kingdom, and you will have it.”
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
It is in the DNA? You can change!
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Aug, 2015
Summary: You can change if you want to... Our Divine DNA has a plan that will bring change. Never get caught up in the debate and forget the miracle.
John Gaston avatar
Be an Example of Jesus
Shared by: John Gaston on Aug, 2015
Summary: We live in a mixed up world. People are so untrained in the Bible and mixed up about what a Christian is, that nearly anything can be labelled “Christian” and they’ll believe it. Let's look at what one is.
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Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12-16
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,540
Larry Turner avatar
A Rut Stuck Life
Shared by: Larry Turner on Jul, 2015
Summary: People live lives digging spiritual ruts, stuck in them. and lving in them. This sermon looks at whta those lives look like and how to get out of that rut stuck life.
Davon Huss avatar
We Speak of a Savior
Shared by: Davon Huss on Jul, 2015
Summary: More like a Bible study from 1, 2 Timothy and Titus (material adapted from the North American Christian Convention Bible study by JK Jones)
Series: We Speak
Greg Gordon avatar
Liturgy in Early Church Services
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. - 1 Timothy 4:13 When we visit different Churches in the world there is in all of them an order of service (liturgy) or pattern that they follow. Though the ..
Greg Gordon avatar
Godly Disciplines In Christian Experience
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. - 1 Timothy 4:7 One of the hidden jewels of the Church is godly discipline. There has been a great lack of teaching and encouragement in modern evange ..
Greg Gordon avatar
Growing In Godliness With Spiritual Disciplines
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: Rather, train yourself to be godly. - 1 Timothy 4:7 Life is full of times of training and discipline to our bodies. If we are studying for tests for school, we work hard and stay up late spending many hours exercising our mind to memorization. If we ha ..
Dan Proctor avatar
Biblical Meditation: Thinking Through It
Shared by: Dan Proctor on May, 2015
Summary: We live in a very fast-paced society and culture. It seems there is always somewhere to go and something to do. We don’t take time to meditate and ponder on life, the true meaning of life, the direction of our life, God, heaven, and the Bible.
Series: 1 Timothy
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:15
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 351
Mark H. Stevens ThD avatar
Why Christianity is Dying in America
Shared by: Mark H. Stevens ThD on May, 2015
Summary: 4 Reason the Salt has lost it's savor in America!
Dan Proctor avatar
Christian, Save Thyself! (Part 2)
Shared by: Dan Proctor on May, 2015
Summary: Christian, you must take personal responsibility for your walk with Christ and for your spiritual health.
Series: 1 Timothy
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:13-16
Denomination: Bible Church
Views: 745
Jim Butcher avatar
Two Keys To The Path To Spiritual Growth
Shared by: Jim Butcher on May, 2015
Summary: What are some of the keys to pursuing spiritual growth?
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:15-16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 946
Dan Proctor avatar
Christian, Save Thyself! (Part 1)
Shared by: Dan Proctor on Apr, 2015
Summary: You have to take responsibility for your own spiritual walk with the Lord. You must care for your own spiritual health. How can you do this?
Series: 1 Timothy
Jim Butcher avatar
Hearing The Word More Clearly In Worship
Shared by: Jim Butcher on Apr, 2015
Summary: Four insights on receiving more from the Word in worship.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 758