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Gospel Doctrine: I Timothy 1:3-7 | 2022-08-14

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I Timothy 1:3-7

3As 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 4or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

This letter from Paul to Timothy can be summed up in the 2 verses in chapter 3:
I Timothy 3:14-15
14Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Today, this is the first ‘Charge’ that Paul gives to Timothy as the Pastor of the church in Ephesus. What is it that Timothy is facing and why the charge???

He says to command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer. Perhaps that some were teaching that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross was important, but not enough, and so human works (baptism, communion, serving the church, giving to the church, etc.) must also be done to seal the deal. That is not the Gospel. The Gospel PLUS anything, equals NOT the Gospel.

It could have been another form of False Doctrine such as teaching that someone or something other than Jesus is the way to Eternal Life. That is False Religion, or False Doctrine.

Paul doesn’t stop there, he goes on to extend this command to others: people who devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. He ties it into the Gospel by saying God’s work is done BY FAITH. Paul writes in Ephesians 2 that we are saved by grace, THRU FAITH. The writer of Hebrews says without FAITH it is impossible to please God.

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Paul knows the difficulty of the job that Timothy has to lead the church. Arrows will be thrown at him and accusations will be made and Timothy must GUARD HIS HEART all along the way. This is the attitude he must have as he comes up against battles.

Paul continues to describe the opposition: Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.

The condition of the heart, the attitude with which these people are operating is not Love coming from a Pure Heart and a Good Conscience and a Sincere Faith, they have departed those things and have turned to meaningless talk. They want to be SEEN as teachers of the law, they want to be seen as Leaders of the church; they may want to be SEEN AS something, but they aren’t.

The key is they want “TO BE SEEN AS”, so today time will be spent on teaching TRUE DOCTRINE— if we know WHAT the Gospel IS, then we can know when someone is trying to pull us away from it.

The word Gospel is translated to Good News. God is not a God who has come to condemn you, He’s a God who’s come to give you Good News. But Good News is only as Good as the Bad News.

Luke 7: 36-47

Jesus is at the house of a Pharisee who were the religious leaders of the day and besides tax collectors, the most wealthy people in the community. A woman comes in and begins to weep and wept so hard the tears began to wet his feet and she wiped them with her hair.

Jesus knows their thoughts- and shares a story: One person owes the bank a year and a half wages, the other a month and a half. The banker forgives them both, which one loves the banker more?
This woman knows how great her sin is, and they don’t even realize they are a sinner. He probably thinks he’s a pretty good person, but the Bible doesn’t say that sin makes you a bad person.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death,
This means that the cost or penalty for sin is death.

Romans 5:12
12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned…

It is not about whether you are good or bad, It’s about death and life. Because of sin, we are dead, spiritually. Isaiah got to experience this (Isaiah 6) and he ended with saying “send me!” Because:
1. My eyes have seen the king – that’s enough!
2. I realize that without Him, I’ve got nothing – woe is me!
3. I just experienced Grace, undeserved, unconditional, wholeand complete forgiveness, and instead of being incinerated, my sin was obliterated… I’M AVAILABLE!!

If you’ve never had the woe is me, then John 3:16 is just something on a billboard or a sign because for you, you may feel like you’re a ‘pretty good person’ — and probably Isaiah thought he was a pretty good person… until he saw The King.

The Bible doesn’t say that sin makes you bad, it says sin make you dead. This is the Gospel. If the Bible says that sin makes you a bad person, then you would be proud that you are a pretty good person. But the Bible says that the wages of sin, the penalty for sin is death. So why would we think that when we are Spiritually Dead, then we could do anything to improve our Spiritual Condition?

This is the Gospel good news, when you realize how bad the news is, that ‘I’m dead.’ You don’t get un-dead by being a Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Catholic or a Lutheran or Assemblies of God, or a member of this church or any church or serving in some capacity or giving money to the church or some charity, or because your mom was a Christian or your wife goes to church or anything else. You don’t get un-dead by doing anything.

It is the one and only Son of God Himself, in human flesh, who has come from the very Altar of God to all humanity and His Message is for all who believe in Him, your sins are forgiven and your guilt has been taken away!

John 3:16
16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

How do you get Eternal Life? How do you get un-Dead? How do I go from death to Eternal Life? God! What do you have to do? No, GOD! How much does it cost? No, GOD!

That whoever would BELIEVE in Him with CONFIDENT TRUST… meaning you will stake your ETERNITY on the finished work of Jesus Christ. That He was God in a human body, lived a perfect life, who was ALIVE so He could BECOME dead for me RAISED TO life so that He could give ME Eternal Life. That’s BELIEVING in Jesus, it’s CONFIDENT TRUST in Him.

These are Jesus’ words- that he said to Nicodemus when he wanted to know how to get into the Kingdom. Jesus said you’ve got to be Born Again and then He said, God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever would believe in Him (put their confident trust) would not perish, but have eternal life.

And just like then, this very same Jesus is talking to us, right now. You may have been around church or in church or grew up in church or maybe not, but you are here today and, like Nicodemus, are thinking ‘I’ve been watching, I’ve been looking, and right now I’m interested.’ And Jesus is talking to you. ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever would believe in Him would not perish but have Eternal Life.’ And then He said this in John 3: 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world. Jesus didn’t come to the world to condemn the world. We’re already condemned.

Because of the Cross, we go from woe is me and at the end of the story we get to Worship the King.
Revelation 4:8
Revelation 5: 6
Revelation 7: 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

The Cross made a way for Woe is Me to become Worship the King. Jesus did not leave the throne room of glory to make bad people good. He left heaven to bring dead people back to life. And He’s the only one who could do it.

So what’s the big deal about Mary was a virgin? It is absolutely essential. Because Jesus had to be born alive, not physically but Spiritually. And that’s why it was the Spirit of God that put the seed of the Son of Man, Son of God into Mary’s womb. So that a ‘living one’ could take on all the condemnation and pay the price.

There are people all over the church (macro) today that have never come to the point of being able to say: I get it! I get the Bad News and now I get the Good News. I’m not asking Jesus to improve me but raise me out of death and give me Eternal Life. I am asking Jesus to bring me to LIFE. It’s not my family’s, my wife’s or my husband’s decision… It is mine!

It is my decision. It’s me saying I want to put my confident trust in Jesus Christ and I want to know forever that I’m saved and I’m full of the Spirit and I am on a Mission with my hand raised saying here I am send me!!!

I Peter 2
9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

We are a chosen people. A royal priesthood. A holy nation. We are God’s special possession!! So that we MAY declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness and INTO His wonderful light! We May!

You don’t have to worship, serve God, be in His Word, invest in the Church, stand up for what’s right— but you MAY…

You MAY Worship, be in God’s Word, lead the Church and your Family. YOU MAY!

Psalm 40
1I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. 2He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. 3He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.

When I was in the pit, He heard my cry and He lifted me up out of the pit and mud and mire… and He set my feet on solid ground. And look further, He has put a new song in my heart…

And there’s a purpose along with that. Look: Many will see what He has done and be Amazed. And better yet, THEY will put their trust in The Lord.

You see there’s a purpose for our lives AFTER we accept His forgiveness and Eternal Life. Why serve The Lord? We may, absolutely! But more than that, others will see our lives and put their confident trust in Him.

Message Based Questions:

Question 1:

What are you reading in the Bible, and how is it challenging you to grow? What have you been praying about and how is God working your life through prayer?

Question 2:

Think of a professed Christian who appeared to you to be lukewarm. How did you determine they were lukewarm? Have you experienced a time when you were lukewarm toward the Lord? What did it look like and did you come out of it? If so, how?

Question 3:

What happens when believers genuinely love one another and live out their faith in community with others? Why is it important that non-Christians observe Christian community? Believers both proclaim the gospel as individuals and model the gospel in community. Where do you see both concepts in your life being lived out.

Question 4:

Do you ever have moments when you wonder if you truly belong to God? How do you deal with those thoughts when they come up?