A Basic Plan for Protecting the Truth and the Flock... Most of the Time
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A Basic Plan for Protecting the Truth and the Flock... Most of the Time

From Series: Basics 2013

1 Timothy 4:1-8  (ID: gs1078)

Continuing our focus on the basics, Thabiti Anyabwile explains the nature of the pastor's spiritual warfare from 1 Timothy 4. What is at stake in our spiritual warfare battle is that some will abandon the faith and fall into apostasy. Systematically moving through a series of thought provoking questions, Thabiti reminds the pastor that the cosmic struggle between God and Satan isn't through the sensational and dramatic, but is fought on the battlefield of truth as it is revealed in God's Word.


Some Will Depart from the Faith

1Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

6If you put these things before the brothers,1 you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.