Watch your life, persist in the Word

July 17, 2016 Speaker: Pastor Gary Smith Series: Discipleship in the church

Topic: Discipleship Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:11–4:16

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Watch your life, persist in the Word-outline
1 Timothy 4:11-16
Watch your life and persist in God’s Word so you will be saved

1) Command and teach these things, 4:11.
What things is Paul saying Timothy needs to command and teach?

2) Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity, 4:12.
Why is it important that Timothy set an example in these things?

3) Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching, 4:13.
Why must Timothy (and pastors today) devote himself to these uses of God’ Word?

4) Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you, 4:14.
What tempts us to neglect the gift(s) God has given us?

5) Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress, 4:15.
How does our practicing and being immersed in God’s Word benefit others?

6) 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, 4:16.
How do we keep a close watch on ourselves and our teaching?
What is at stake in persisting or not persisting in watching our lives and the teaching of God’s word? What does Paul mean when he says by persisting in this we will save ourselves (or that those who persist in teaching the Word will save those who hear)?
What do these texts say about the relationship between saving faith and persisting or persevering in God’s Word? Hebrews 3:14, 1 Corinthians 15:1-2.
What does this verse say about what we need to persist in saving faith? Hebrews 3:12-13.
What hope do we have that we won’t fail to persevere in faith and fall away? 1 Peter 1:5, Jude 24-25.

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