Memory Text — 1 Timothy 3:16 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
Westminster Confession of Faith 25.5 — The purest Churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error; and some have so degenerated, as to become no Churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan. Nevertheless, there shall be always a Church on earth to worship God according to His will.
Monday: 1 Timothy 4:6. What must be true of a teacher before he/she teaches others (6b)? Pray this for your leaders. The word “trained” here has the idea of nourishment for growth. What is to nourish us (v 6, 6:3, 1 Pet 2:1-2)? Do you read the Bible for growth? How does awe of God move us to action (e.g. Is 6:3, 8)?
Tuesday: 1 Timothy 4:7. What do silly myths (false teachings, 1:4) distract us from? What are things that distract you from godliness? “Godliness” is used 9 times (out of 13 total in the Bible) in 1 Timothy. What does that tell you about the importance of godliness in the local church? Define godliness in relation to God. Ponder and pray about where you need to grow.
Wednesday: 1 Timothy 4:7-8. “Training” here is gumnadzo (think gym), and usually refers to training for the Olympics. How will this picture help you train in godliness: vigorous and focused (Phil 2:12-14), physical (1 Cor 9:24-27), naked (Heb 12:1-2)? Remember the tie between godliness and the Word (v 6), and the source and power of our godliness (3:14-16, Gal 5:19-22).
Thursday: 1 Timothy 4:8. Contrast the value of bodily (athletic) training and godliness. Why is godliness better? What does the “promise” contain (2 Tim 1:1, 10, Rom 4:13)? How do we taste this life now (Dt 4:29, Ps 1:1-3, 103:17, 1 Jn 1:6, 7, 2:24, 25) and in eternity (1 Jn 2:24, 25)? How do we live in light of the promise of life (1 Tim 6:19, Jn 10:10, Lk 18:29-30)?
Friday: 1 Timothy 4:10. “We toil and strive” -to what does that refer (2:7, Col 1:28-29)? Why confidence motivate Paul and Timothy in their ministry? What do “living God” and “Savior” communicate? How does this motivate you to witness, disciple, and pursue godliness?
Saturday: 1 Timothy 4:11-16. Consider the idea of being an example here.