by John Barnett

Biblical Exercises for Spiritual Health and Fitness (2 of 3)
Series: Discipline
John Barnett
1 Timothy 4:1-16

As we each stand at the doorway of a New Year, it is always a time of reflection, resolutions, and thoughts about what we really want to focus upon in the days ahead. This feeling is not new, it almost seems that God built into the seasons of both the Earth and of human life this element of pause, reflection, and renewal.

Just as the burst of life in Spring, and the flourishing of Summer into the harvest of Autumn, leads into the quietness and slowness of Winter to prepare and reflect upon the burst of Spring. So each New Year we pause to think about how to focus on what really matters. That is what this series is about:

Learning What Really Matters to God

As we open to the New Testament epistle of 1 Timothy, we will find that God's Word has a guide for us. There are lessons about what really matters to God from the example of Christ's retreats for prayer and waiting upon His Father; and David's Psalms from the alone times of reflection in the caves and wilderness; but we can see God's priorities for us most clearly from Paul's instructions to the Church through his training of Timothy.

Paul actually lays down a plan for Timothy to train the church he served, as well as individual leaders he nurtured. This plan has specific chosen ''exercises'' (as the KJV and NKJV call them); or personal ''disciplines'' (as the NASB calls them); or individual ''training'' steps (as the ESV and NIV call them).

These truths are all placed in one very powerful, very useful, very strategic chapter in God's Word: 1 Timothy chapter 4. Today we begin a brief look at what we may call:

Biblical Exercises for Spiritual Health and Fitness in 2014
Please follow along in your Bibles as we hear God speaking through the Apostle Paul.

1 Timothy 4:1-16 (NKJV) Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to d ...

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