Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, I spend half my time telling Christians to study doctrine and the other half telling them that doctrine is not enough. The tension expressed here is exactly the tension we'll see Paul express in our second week in the Legacy series as we'll look at 1 Timothy 1:1-7.
Last week, we looked at the importance and inevitability of leaving a legacy on those friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers that we interact with regularly. This week, we'll consider what it means to leave a legacy of good theology, or more plainly, what it means to help others think rightly about who God is. A few questions to consider this week as you study the text:
- Can we really make confident assertions about who God is?
- How can an improper understanding of "sound doctrine" be dangerous to our lives and our church?
- What do you think Paul means when he says, "the aim of our charge is love" in verse 5, especially in light of him talking about sound doctrine?
- How do our lifestyles impact the way others perceive who God is?
Some other passages that may help this week are: Acts 20:17-38 and Revelation 2:1-7.
1 Timothy 1:1-7
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.