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Summary: Paul gives addresses unscriptural teaching and living, and gives the guideline for sound discipline in a Christian’s life.

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Biblical Discipline

1 Timothy 4:1-16

I. The Undisciplined Atmosphere of the Last Days (v. 1-5)

a. Satan’s deceptive power (v. 1; 1 John 4:6; James 3:15)

b. False teachers with no spiritual guidance (v. 2; Ephesians 4:19)

c. Unscriptural teaching (v. 3-5)

i. Unnecessary sacrifices (v. 3; Colossians 2:23)

ii. God’s sanctity of His creation (v. 4-5; Romans 14:6; 1 Corinthians 10:30)

II. Discipline that Leads to Godliness (v. 6-10)

a. Sound faith and biblical knowledge (v. 6-7; 2 Timothy 3:15-17)

b. Focus on spirit and not the flesh (v. 8-10)

III. Influence by Disciplined Leadership (v. 11-16)

a. Counsel with and teach spiritual focus (v. 11; Romans 8:26)

b. Age cannot define maturity; actions can (v. 12)

i. Speech (Colossians 3:17)

ii. Conduct (Colossians 3:17)

iii. Love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

iv. Faith (2 Timothy 1:12)

v. Purity (Titus 2:7)

c. Verbally teach the Word of God (v. 13-14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

d. Be fervent in your example (v. 15-16; Acts 20:28)


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