For January 18 – Discussions To Be Avoided

Last week we noted that Paul commanded Timothy to charge some that they teach no other doctrine.  We learned that we are to work to maintain “sound doctrine”.  Paul warned “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine”.  A good church will respect the authority of the Bible and seek to uphold everything it teaches.

We are to be great Bible students but not all Bible discussion is good.  An oft repeated theme in the letters Paul wrote to Timothy and Titus is that there are certain types of questions and studies that are to be avoided.

Consider the following verses from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus:

1 Timothy 1:4

  1. What types of discussions are to be avoided?
  2. What are the negative effects of such discussions?

2 Timothy 2:14

  1. What types of discussions are to be avoided?
  2. What are the negative effects of such discussions?

2 Timothy 2:23

  1. What types of discussions are to be avoided?
  2. What are the negative effects of such discussions?

Titus 3:9

  1. What types of discussions are to be avoided?
  2. What are the negative effects of such discussions?

 

DISCUSS:

  1. Why are the negative effects of foolish discussions described in these verses so serious?
  2. What would be a modern example of foolish, ignorant disputes?
  3. How does 1 Timothy 1:4-5 describe the positive results desired and the good goals of our studies?
  4. How would you determine if something is a foolish controversy or a necessary matter of faith?

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