This week’s passage is one of the most encouraging sections of this letter. It reminds us that ministry to others, whether that is a paid staff position with a church, or volunteer ministry, is something that requires effort and practice. It requires training.
Take a look at this week’s passage in 1 Timothy 4:6-8:
Paul continues his exhortation to Timothy, instructing him on how best to deal with the false teaching that was so prevalent in the culture where he was serving.
There are a few things worth noting in these verses.
Paul encouraged Timothy to “point out these things to the brothers” by gently instructing the Christians at Ephesus. Timothy isn’t to become brash and abrasive, but to be gentle in his approach. But this is certain, Timothy was to make clear the nature of the false teaching going on.
But how was he to know the nature of the false teaching? The answer is simple. The minister, in this case Timothy, must be “brought up in” or “nourished in” the truths of the faith. In other words, doctrine and a proper understanding of Scripture were essential for the minister to be solid in his teaching. As Donald Guthrie stated it, “The best refutation of error is a positive presentation of truth.”