- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 1 Timothy 4
Apostle Paul instructed young Timothy to do pastoral work in Ephesian church he served.
Correct false teaching (1-5) —- Apostle Paul describes the contents of false teaching in Ephesian church where Timothy was sent to correct (1 Timothy 1:3). The false teaching was already happening in the church and be happening in the last days. The contents of the false teaching in Ephesian church was attacking marriage and some food. They might be a teaching of Gnosticism in the church.
Godliness (6-11) — Godless myth would be a source of false teaching, stemmed from stories handed down from non – Christian origins. False teaching was associated with myth (1 Timothy 1:4, 2 Timothy 4:5, Titus 1:14). It was one of Apostle Paul concerns in his pastoral letters. He wrote that a holy life, holy living was the same as godliness, a central theme in his letters.
Pastoral authority (12-14) —- Apostle Paul instructed Timothy on the practical activities of spiritual leadership. He compared Timothy’s spiritual training as a leader to training for an athletic competition. Renewing his ordination through remembrance (v.14, 2 Timothy 1:6) would sustain Timothy to do pastoral ministry.
Perseverance (15-16) — “Persevere,” (V.16) was one word that Apostle Paul gave Timothy to practice. By full commitment to personal and spiritual progress, Timothy would be able to help himself and the Ephesian congregation reach final salvation.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.