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1 Timothy 4:6-10 - Bible Lesson Plan

Discipline Yourself for Godliness

Chapter 4:6-10

6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 7 But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. 10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

1 Tim 4:6-10 (NASB)

 

Key Words

·        2                                     DISCIPLINE

·        2                                    GODLINESS

·        1                       SOUND DOCTRINE

·        1                      WORLDLY FABLES

·        2                   PROFIT/PROFITABLE

·        1   TRUSTWORTHY STATEMENT

·        1                                   NOURISHED

·        1                                             LABOR

·        1                                             STRIVE

Title(s)

Discipline Yourself for Godliness

Outline

       I.            Proper Teaching to Serve Christ                          6

    II.            Proper Focus for Great Profit                           7-8

 III.            Proper Hope to Motivate                                9-10

Cross References, Questions, Observations

6       In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.

·       Nourished entrepho» - to nourish in: a person or a thing metaph. to educate, form the mind 

31 "Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of  three years I did not cease to admonish each one  with tears.

Acts 20:31 (NASB)

14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly  charge them in the presence of God not to  wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.

2 Tim 2:14 (NASB)

12 Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in  the truth which is present with you.

2 Peter 1:12 (NASB)

a)     What things was Timothy to be pointing out to the brethren? The coming apostasy.

b)     Describe the nourishment that the believer receives.

1)     Some people don’t want to hear bad news. They would truly prefer to be left in the dark. For example, sometimes medical professionals do not disclose the seriousness of an illness to patients (especially elderly patients) because they do not want them to be worried or concerned!

7       But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;

·       Fables muthos - a speech, word, saying a narrative, story a true narrative a fiction, a fable an invention, a falsehood

·       Godliness eusebeia - reverence, respect piety towards God, godliness     

20 O Timothy, guard  what has been entrusted to you, avoiding  worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge"—

1 Tim 6:20 (NASB)

14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly  charge them in the presence of God not to  wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.

15 Be diligent to  present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling  the word of truth.

16 But  avoid  worldly and empty chatter, for  it will lead to further ungodliness,

17 and their  talk will spread like  gangrene. Among them are  Hymenaeus and Philetus,

18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that  the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset  the faith of some.

2 Tim 2:14-18 (NASB)

20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Prov 13:20 (NASB)

12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, " Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."

Titus 1:12 (NASB)

a)     Why are worldly fables fit for old women?

b)     What are some specific ways we can discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness?

c)     Why is Paul so radical in instructing Timothy to have nothing to do with worldly fables? Couldn’t a good fable provide some interesting entertainment?

d)     What would be the equivalent activities in our present day culture that Christians may frequently engage in, but we should have nothing to do with?

·        Gossip

·        Horoscopes

·        Superstition

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8       for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

·       Discipline gumnazo» - the exercise of the body in a palaestra or school of athletics any exercise whatever the exercise of conscientiousness relative to the body such as is characteristic of ascetics and consists in abstinence from matrimony and certain kinds of food

23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the  appearance of wisdom in  self-made religion and self-abasement and  severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against  fleshly indulgence.

Col 2:23 (NASB)

25 Everyone who  competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable  wreath, but we an imperishable.

26 Therefore I  run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not  beating the air;

27 but I  discipline  my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

1 Cor 9:25-27 (NASB)

24 Now the men of Israel were hard-pressed on that day, for Saul had  put the people under oath, saying, "Cursed be the man who eats food  before evening, and until I have avenged myself on my enemies." So none of the people tasted food.

1 Sam 14:24 (NASB)

a)     Why is bodily discipline only of little profit?

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9       It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.

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15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom  I am foremost of all.

1 Tim 1:15 (NASB)

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1)     Certainly, every statement in scripture is deserving of full acceptance.

10   For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all