Self-discipline is essential to living a godly life.
There is an assumption in v. 6 that looms large over vv. 6-16, namely, that Timothy desires to be a "good servant" of the Lord Jesus. In fact, God inspired this passage in order to stimulate and channel this desire in every genuine Christian. In v. 6 Paul seeks to stimulate the desire by essentially saying this: "you do desire to be a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus, don't you? Implied answer: "yes, most definitely!" Paul then channels this desire vv. 7-10 by telling Timothy to discipline himself in order to make that desire become a reality. Christians are commanded to discipline themselves spiritually for the purpose of growing in godliness.
Sermon Title: "A Good Servant, Part 1"
Text: 1 Timothy 4:6-10
Preacher: Pastor Brandon Bellomo
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