I’ve been privileged over the last few years to participate in Emmaus Bible College’s conference for church leaders called “Iron Sharpens Iron.” The theme this year is ‘Training for Godliness” and will feature several messages on I Timothy, chapters 4-6, as well as a number of elective workshops.
I will be presenting two workshops which I’ll briefly describe below. Subsequent posts will allow me to work through some of the details of these two topics.
Guarding and Discarding: The Keys to Sound Theology (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
How do we practically protect and pass on the essential truths of the Christian faith? What does it mean that the faith has been given to us as a “trust”? Why do some fall into apostasy?
In this workshop I’ll be examining those two verses in I Timothy 6 which read: “20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.”
Sanctified Hedonism: The Case for “Worldly Saints” (1 Timothy 4:1-5)
How is the believer in Jesus to be a holy hedonist and how does 1 Timothy 4:1-5 relate to our living in this world?
I’m encouraged by books such as Michael Witmer’s Becoming Worldly Saints on this topic. The five verses in I Timothy 4 which I will examine are: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”
Would you consider praying for me as I prepare these two workshops? Thank you!