“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies.” 1 Timothy 1:3-4
We have started a new sermon series for the new year. We are taking a journey through Paul’s first letter to Timothy. Today we talked about false teachings. Paul was concerned and wanted Timothy handle the false doctrine that was being promoted within the Church at Ephesus. He wanted him to correct it and instruct them concerning the Gospel.
How is it that false teachings and doctrine come about anyway? Why is it easier to start a new church or denomination than deal with our stuff? Often times individuals or groups of people start off well, but end up preaching goofy dust and drinking spiked Kool-Aid. Is it easier to just ignore it than speak up? Or is it comfort? Let’s face it; there are parts of Scripture that are uncomfortable. There are portions of scripture or theology that we don’t understand or we just don’t like. And it is easier to tear out that page or blacken it out with a Sharpie. We like the love, hope, peace, and grace parts. We just don’t want to have anything to do with holiness and obedience and the tough stuff of faith.
In this new year, I want to encourage you to “fight the good fight of faith”. It is time for us to get in the ring with God and His Word. We need to wrestle with the parts of scripture and faith that we don’t like. We need to deal with the things that make us uncomfortable. If we do this, we will discover new depths to God’s grace. We will find new layers, pleasant layers to our faith that we have never known before.
Join the good fight of faith! Come wrestle through the scriptures with us these next few weeks. Happy New Year!