Summary: As christians we need to train for godliness.

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Time to get training

1 Timothy 4:1-10 (NIV)

1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

3 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.

4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

6 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.

7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

8 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.

9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance

10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

Intro: This morning we talked about the life of the believer can be compared to running a race and that we need to run this race like we want to win. To many people if you look at their lives it doesn’t look like they want to win. It actually looks like their loosing.

Tonight I want to take this concept of trying to win in life a little further and point out the goal of our training. Some say it’s for blessings, or it’s for other things.

But the scripture tells us the most important thing to us is the fact that we train for godliness

He says that what we should be striving for is godliness. That our lives would be godly. Or in another way of saying it…Spiritual fitness

1 Timothy 4

Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit].

The message

Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please!

1. What is godliness? Or Spiritual fitness

a. Holiness

b. Being like God

i. The God of Israel and of the Christian church is holy—

ii. he sets the standard for morality.

iii. He is a God of mercy and justice who cares personally for each of his followers.

iv. Our holy God expects us to imitate him by following his high moral standards.

v. Like him, we should be both merciful and just; like him,

vi. we should sacrifice ourselves for others.

a. The divine image in us

b. People see Christ in us

vii. Self sacrifice

viii. Agape

ix. Sinless

2. God’s holiness is our standard for holy living.

a. After people commit their lives to Christ, they usually still feel a pull back to their old ways.

a. Peter tells us to be like our heavenly Father—

b. Holy in everything we do.

c. Holiness means being totally devoted or dedicated to God, set aside for his special use, and set apart from sin and its influence.

d. We’re to be set apart and different, not blending in with the crowd,

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