As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work which is by faith. – 1 Timothy 1: 3-4
Paul in these verses is writing to Timothy, one of his disciples that traveled with him during his missionary journeys in the Book of Acts. Timothy was working with the church in the city of Ephesus at this time and Paul wanted to encourage Timothy to stand strong against false teachers in the city. It’s not completely clear what the false teaching was but many believe they were making myths out of the Old Testament stories or even about the life of Jesus Christ. Whatever it was Paul saw it as a danger to the church and wanted to stay and teach against those false teachers.
Today false teachings are still a constant threat against the teachings of the Bible. The get-rich gospel teaches that by coming to Christ you will get more riches than you can even handle. Is that found anywhere in Scripture? Or what about the Jehovah’s Witnesses who teach that Jesus was not really God? Or what about the teachings that one has to earn salvation by working hard and doing the things of God? This is only a small example of some of the teachings and beliefs that Christians can come across in their daily lives.
Faith Fellowship Church strives to be a church that presents God’s Word in a truthful and also relevant way to help facilitate a deeper understanding of the Word. Let’s face it: the Bible is a huge Book and it can take a very long time to read and understand. Part of my desire for this small preaching series on “The Stories You Know” is to open up God’s Word and think about the stories that don’t often get preached on and to see how all of God’s Word is relevant to today’s lifestyle. If we as believers don’t stand on the solid foundation of God’s Word then we will easily fall for the false teachings that can be found in today’s world. I’ve done a few devotions related to understanding God’s Word already; I returned to the topic often because of the value and need there is to understand it more and more. But the church can only do so much. There also needs to be a personal commitment to get into God’s Word, to learn from it and understand it. It is my hope that this desire to learn and read God’s Word continues to grow here at Faith – Seth