Hold tight to this.
And especially now when others are falling away from the faith.
I’ve seen it and it’s disheartening—those I’ve counted as good teachers of the Word, those I’ve thought to be mature believers, turning away from truth, and walking in the ways of the world.
The Apostle Paul saw it too. He knew his young friend, Timothy, whom he had left in charge of the church at Ephesus, would encounter it as well.
So, Paul picks up his pen and writes his first letter to Timothy (and all who seek to remain faithful) to passionately charge us to guard the truth that has been committed to our trust (1 Tim 6:20).
Paul will get into the nitty-gritty of how believers should live with respect to the world and the church.
This letter is packed-full of truth we need to remember and apply to our lives.
And in the hard days…
when others are falling away…
when the world not only disagrees with Biblical principles but increasingly HATES those who live by them….
we must endeavor,
ALL the more,
to know truth…
AND to continue to confidently walk in it.
It is truth from the Word of God -not empty motivational speeches – that sets us free. That’s how Paul was still free when chained to a prison wall and later martyred for his faith.
Other men,like William Tyndale and John Wycliffe, so believed in the power of the Word and sound doctrine that they worked tirelessly, risking their lives, to translate the Bible into English so more could read it. Tyndale was choked and burned at the stake. Wycliffe was so hated his body was exhumed and burned.
For centuries believers have died because they refused to stop spreading the truth from the Word of God. It is THAT good.
Yet, so many, who could so easily pick it up, neglect to do so and miss the wisdom and hope we need.
But now, more than ever in our lifetimes, Christians need to truly dig deep into doctrinal truth so we can refute the false teachings that are coming at us all day long and continue to walk in the truth that brings freedom regardless of our worldly circumstances.
So, let’s open our Bibles.
Let’s dig deep.
Let’s ask God to remind us, refresh us, and INCREASE our resolve to walk the narrow road that leads to life!
Are you ready? Let’s study First Timothy! Why don’t you go ahead and read this short letter for an overview and then we will walk slowly through it together?