Summary: 1 of 2. Paul charged Timothy to enforce Christian doctrine in the church at Ephesus. Christian leadership must confront unsound doctrine within the church. But Where is it to be confronted? Unsound Christian doctrine(in the Church) is confronted...

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Any businessman knows that there are things/practices etc. that will not work for their company. The company is designed & built around a particular product or service OR a particular attitude or mindset rightly reflects that of the company. Anything outside of these bounds is inadmissible.

Likewise, certain aspects of production(the proper presentation of God’s truth) are to characterize the Church.

Paul charged/enlisted/compelled Timothy to enforce Christian doctrine in the church at Ephesus.

Unsound Christian doctrine(within the church) must be confronted.

How/Where is unsound doctrine(within the church) to be confronted?

6 places/locations unsound doctrine(within the church) is to be confronted.

1—Unsound Christian doctrine is confronted...

At Its SOURCE(:3)

Explanation: (:3) Aberrant Teacher

:3—“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia--remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,”

Paul had previously spoken with or written Timothy, “when” he had entered Macedonia. As he was making that expedition, Paul had “urged” Timothy to “remain in Ephesus.” Timothy’s purpose in Ephesus was to continue to “charge some” regarding proper/sound Christian teaching.

“Some”(See :6) are recognized for an ability to teach God’s truth. There must have been elements of aberrant teaching within the Ephesian church or at least a threat of its presence. These elements probably arose thru those referred to as ‘the circumcision.’

‘The circumcision’ were mainly Jews, who were strict adherents of the Mosaic Law, unaccepting of & thus misunderstanding Jesus. These promoted, pressured, & enforced the Law upon Christians, looking with disdain at the prospect of freedom in Christ by faith alone, particularly for any outside of national Israel(Php. 3:4-14).

Php. 3:4-14—“though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, & count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ & be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him & the power of His resurrection, & the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind & reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

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