Real Faith: living as the people of God
4 – All about Serving
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:1-16)
A false teacher will take their beliefs on all of the particular sins, and they will force them on everyone. We need to be very, very careful that we say what the Bible says, and where it’s silent, so are we.
- Youth can be looked down upon
- Youth should seek wisdom from adults
- Youth should not see adults opinions as ultimate
- Youth should look to God for their standards
Find out what kind of words and conduct God wants and do that.
Don’t adapt to the low cultural expectations for youth. Set high ones
- You are born in sin and desperately need the Gospel
“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51:5)
“For the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Genesis 8:21)
Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43)
- You don’t have to be average and settle for low expectations
“The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel . . . to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth” (Proverbs 1:1,4)
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.” (Jeremiah 1:6-7)
- Where do you fall victim to believing a false Gospel the most? What is usually spoken to you? Who is doing the speaking – others or yourself?
- Why should it be a daily practice to “preach the Gospel to ourselves”? What is the benefit?
- Do you think of your faith like athletic training? Why or why not?
- How does it make you feel to hear Paul’s encouragement to youth? Where have you experienced the negative and positive issues he addresses in being young?
- How could you catch a vision to live diligently serving? How can you put it in practice?