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Continuing our 4 week teaching series on Together: Understanding What Church is Really About, this past Sunday we dived further into Acts 2:42 which says:
1 Timothy 4:11-16
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
Big Idea: We must give attention to the preaching of the Word of God. If we don’t understand what the Bible teaches, then we cannot properly apply it. Teaching shapes behavior.
“True biblical doctrine is practical. In fact, nothing is more practical than sound doctrine. Those who listen to right doctrine and put it into practice are transformed by it.” – Theologian Quote
Who’s Doctrine? – The Apostles
Apostle with capital “A”
12 Chosen church leaders by Jesus himself
apostle with small “a”
apostles of the church, the Holy Spirit chooses
Kingdom ambassadors sent to cultivate Kingdom culture
Teaching – What did they teach?
1. Cross (offense)
1 Cor. “…but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.”
The fact that God would forgive us, but punishing somebody else is non-sensical.
Understanding the big problem God has with sin
If you’re prideful and boastful, the cross will make no sense to you. But if you understand the enormity of your sin, you’ll appreciate the cross and what Jesus did for us.
Resurrection of Christ from the dead proved He was who he said he was and raised Him up to be Lord over all.
The resurrection is more than just a story, but a historical event.
All the apostles died and were martyred for this message. If it was for a lie would you give your life for it?
False teachers willfully lead others astray.
Part of the role or responsibility of an elder or overseer is to refute false doctrine. This includes:
Unhealthy emphasis on any particular teaching (genealogies, angels, end times etc.)
Minimizing central Christian teaching
“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith.” – 1 Timothy 1:3-4
Are you devoted to the Word of God?
Are you devoted to being a student? To leaders that will teach you the Word of God?
Where have you neglected this area of your life?
Devoted: Continue in, stay steadfast committed and to give attention to