Continue In Doctrine
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
I. The Watching – take heed unto thyself
- attend to
- to give attention to
- to check
- delay, stop, stay
II. The Word – and unto the doctrine
DOCTRINE: instruction, teaching, that which is taught, teachings, precepts
Notice how many times Paul mentions doctrine – just in this chapter alone!
- 1 – doctrines of devils
- 6 – words of faith and of good doctrine
- 13 – give attendance…to doctrine
- 16 – take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine
NOTE: Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Paul was admonishing Timothy to make sure his life lined up with the doctrine of God.
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine – make sure they match!
III. The Work – continue in them
DEFINITION: Continue: to stay at or with, to tarry still, still to abide, to continue, remain, of tarrying in a place, to persevere, continue
IV. The Why – for in doing this, thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear thee
Save himself and others from what?
- 1 – apostasy – depart from the faith; seducing spirits and doctrines of devils
- 2 – lies of hypocrites with a seared conscience
- 3 – unbiblical commandments of men
- 7 – profane and old wives fables
Paul’s admonition concerning sound doctrine:
- Give attendance to it – vs. 13
- Meditate upon these things – vs. 15
- Give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all
SEE verse 6 – if thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shall be a good minister.