Summary: Message five in this exposition of First Timothy urges Pastors not to distort the fundamentals of the faith like godless men and not to demote them in our preaching some godly men do.

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C. The Faith Prioritized 1:3-7; 18-19

“Command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer and not to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than the work of God- which is by faith.” (1: 3-4)

“The goal of this command is love which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (V5)

Some people have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. V.6

“They want to be teachers of the Law but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm”. (v7)

“Timothy – fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.” (1:18, 19)

The devil is so wise. He gets get evil men to distort the fundamentals and he gets good men to demote the fundamentals and get sidetracked, talking about nothing. Paul called it “Meaningless talk” (v 6) and “godless chatter” (2Tim. 2:16), that led to “speculations rather than the work of God.” (v4). We don’t know what they were teaching; it is enough to know that Satan had caused these pastors to get away from God’s priorities.


When a preacher asks a layman what he should preach about, he often gets the answer, “About twenty minutes”. God says preach about, “Love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (v5). How do we do this?

1. By Preaching Conversion (How to be saved).

True love, heart purity, a healthy conscience and a genuine faith are the work of God in the new birth (Jn. 3) The “heart” is Scripture is the control room of our life; it is our inner person where we trust (Prov. 3:5); learn (2 Cor. 4:6);obey (Dt.10:12); love (Matt. 22:37); etc. And until we become Christians, our inner man, our heart is impure. The Bible says it is: - full of evil (Gen. 6:5); wayward (2 Ch. 12:14); -deceitful (Jer. 17:9); proud (Psalm 101:5),etc. Our business to tell people they must be changed by God from the inside out

2. By Preaching Christ-like Living.

The best preaching, I have always would be a combination of Baptist and Methodist. Methodists do a fine job telling Christians how to live but they do not stress the new birth. Baptists do the opposite. We are so afraid of preaching “works” we neglect the preaching of the Christian life except in things like gambling, drunkenness and abortion. We make much of the great commission, and we should, but we often forget the second half of it, “Teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:18-20).


1. The Priority Changed.

These trivial teachings could refer to Jewish believers and the genealogies of the OT or to the Gnostics talking about all the levels between a good God and evil creation; or both. Either way, it was meaningless.

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