Observing how people understand the nature of God, D.L. Moody once wrote, "Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible, the other 99 will read the Christians." As we enter the final chapter of 1 Timothy, we'll discuss how our actions in the most practical areas of our lives say something to the world about who God is.
Here are some questions to think through in anticipation of Sunday:
- When you or someone you know has rejected Christianity, do you think it's due more to intellectual objections or negative experiences with Christians and the church?
- Should our beliefs about who God is impact the most practical areas of our lives like our jobs and our finances?
- If we're always preaching something with our lives, what message are you preaching right now?
1 Timothy 6:1-10
1 Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.
Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.