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What Shall We Teach? (1 Timothy 4:11)

Introductory Thoughts

Paul served as Timothy’s mentor. In fact, Paul referred to Timothy as his “son in the faith” (1 Timothy 1:2). As Timothy’s mentor, Paul gave Timothy truths with the intent that he would pass along those teachings to other believers. Though there are certainly variations of what should be taught, Paul laid out two foundational categories when he mentioned “words of faith and of good doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:6). Though specifics are given in the epistles of First and Second Timothy and Titus, every teaching should reflect the categories set forth by the apostle Paul. Even practical teaching ought to be based upon the words of God, as some teachings are good (2 Thessalonians 2:15), and some are bad (Matthew 15:9). Every teacher should teach with hopes of eventually learning from his students when they too become the teachers.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): The prophet Samuel told the children of Israel that he would teach them the good and the right way (1 Samuel 12:23b). God wants us to learn and be able to teach His word. His word is pure and true (Psalm 119:140, 160).
  • (For everyone): Through your words and actions, what are you teaching others? Are you teaching them words of faith and good doctrine? Does your teaching help people to have a better walk with the Lord?
  • Why is it so important that we check all our teaching against the word of God? What authority does it give a believer to have a Bible verse to back up his or her teaching?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to help you teach things that become sound doctrine.
  • Ask the Lord to help you change when you are wrong.