In chapter 3, Paul articulated the specific qualifications for pastor-elders & deacons within the church. In chapter 4, Paul firstly warns Timothy of a coming time when some people will depart from the faith (1 Timothy 4:1-5). But then he goes on to instruct what Timothy must be focusing on now, in preparation for the certainty of that future falling away (1 Timothy 4:6-16).
In this week’s passage, we are focusing on Paul’s warning that some will depart from the faith at a future time (1 Timothy 4:1-5). Paul firstly warns of the certainty of this departure from the faith (1 Timothy 4:1), followed by the nature & cause of this departure (1 Timothy 4:2-3). Finally, Paul refutes some specific legalism that mark those who depart from the faith (1 Timothy 4:4-5). Now given that this falling away from the faith is both certain and predicted, we must take the Apostle Paul’s words very seriously for the sake of ourselves and other professing believers in our lives.
Read through the passage and discuss with your family what things we must watch out for, and how we can best prepare ourselves now so that we won’t be found as those who will one day depart from the faith.