Summary: The effectiveness through which we reach others is dependant upon the way our lives are perceived. If we exercise the tenets of holy living our witness will be strengthened.
Sermon Title: Exercise for Holiness
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:6-16
Wesleyan Community Church
Sunday Morning – June 9, 2002
There are just some things in our lives that we cannot be warned of enough. Paul is no exception when it comes to the preparation of his student in the faith Timothy. Paul more than likely knows that his days are numbered and there is a time limit that has been imposed upon the ministry that he was so gloriously converted to fulfill.
There is a repetition of many things that we find in the Bible. Why do you suppose that is? It is through the repeating of the important lessons to be learned that those that are thick of skull make the connection and begin the process of earnestly and honestly applying these things to their lives.
I am one of those that qualify for the title “thick of skull”, I have been the recipient of many a repeated lesson, and without that repeated lesson or the occasional refresher, I would have difficulties in certain things. Just like the repetition of ideas cause our minds to fully embrace them, we have a physical equivalent and that is the process of exercise. A weightlifter does not simply lift a weight a single time, he lifts them repeatedly in what are called repetitions. Prepare yourselves for a reminder as we read this morning’s Scripture.
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4:6-16
6If 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. 7But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8For 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. 9This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 10For 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. 11These things command and teach. 12Let 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. 13Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
As I was preparing and praying about this mornings message, I thought perhaps I should name it the 4 R’s. In light of the things that we believe we must always remember, refine, reflect and then recall the things which we see as important in our personal walks with God. You will notice that I use the word “personal”, because nobody has the right to dictate their beliefs on anyone else, the only authoritative source is from God Himself. Now does that mean we are all free to believe whatever we choose? Absolutely not, and anyone who might even think that way is certainly jumping the gun or else has no idea from where I am coming from.