“As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculation rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.”
When members of a church take their eyes off what is ultimate and certain and of primary importance, confusion ensues. Let’s admit it: there are situations and scenarios in the Bible that bring questions. Even some heavy doctrines bring debate and differing opinions. Let’s also admit that it is easy and tempting to speculate and ‘bring things up for discussion.’ Notice what Paul tells Timothy here: “nor to devote themselves to” these things. There are times when speculating what ‘could be’ is healthy and good and right. But those times should be rare compared to the focus put on what is certain and true. In other words, it’s okay to ‘discuss’ speculating things sometimes. But never to DEVOTE full energy toward them.
The aim of teaching? Seeing those taught become stewards of healthy doctrine by living a life of faith according to what they learned. To put it another way: The goal of healthy doctrine is transformed lives – men and women who put their faith in the God of the Bible they now know more about.
Think about that. The aim of teaching the Bible is NOT mere knowledge. It must include knowledge, but not stop at knowledge. No, no. The aim of teaching the Bible is knowledge of healthy doctrine that leads to a life of faith in the truth of who God says He is in His Word.
If you are a teacher of God’s Word – what’s your aim?
If you are a ‘student’ of God’s Word – what’s your aim?
Teachers – was your goal on Sunday to see lives changed and lived differently due to your teaching; or would you rather speculate for ‘discussion’ sake?
‘Students’ – what did you do with what you were taught from the Word?
Let’s be good stewards of what we know – living a life of faith in the living and true God of the Bible.