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Summary: God wants every believer to be a model of His character. This sermon addresses why.

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Text: 1 Timothy 4:1-16

Title: God wants me to be a model of His Character

(The purpose of discipleship)

Intro: 5 Goals for every believer series.God wants me to be a model of His character.

V12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

Reason #1 God wants me to be a model of his character so that I won’t be led astray later. (V1-5)

V1-5 “The Spirit (Holy Spirit) clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teaching comes through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 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. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”

1.The reality of deceiving spirits and demons

2.The reach of deceiving spirits and demons (some in the faith)

3.The receptacle (container) for deceiving spirits and demons.(who deceiving spirits and demons work through)

“Such teaching comes through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”(V2)

a. Hypocrites – liars - those whose consciences have been seared.

b. Models of their own character

4.The restrictions enforced on people by deceiving spirits and demons

“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.”

a.They seek to exert control over all areas of a persons life

b.They seek to rob God of his rightful worship

5.The remedy for overcoming deceiving spirits and demons

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”

The remedy for overcoming deceiving spirits and demons is to remain consecrated to God.

1.By the word of God

2.By prayer

The word of God and prayer are both essential for making us into a model of his character.

Quote:"The Spirit of God uses the word of God in order to make us more like the Son of God."

Conclusion: The more we model the character of God the less chance we will be led astray by deceiving spirits and demons.

2. God also wants me to be a model of his character so I can make the most of this life and the life to come (v6-8)

“If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives tales; rather train yourself to be godly. 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.”

1.Lets begin by pointing out some myths about becoming a model of God’s character.


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