This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (1 Timothy 1) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: Young Timothy had traveled with Paul on his second missionary journey. Paul then left Timothy behind to shepherd the church at Ephesus. This first letter to Timothy instructs him how to select and to train up church leadership.
At the beginning of his letter, Paul gives some invaluable advice to Timothy regarding the purpose of all instruction.
Ask the children…
What is the real purpose of instruction?
“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5)
What were some people doing with their teaching?
“But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.” (1 Timothy 1:6)
Some teachers wanted to be known for how well they spoke or that they were well acquainted with all the latest news of the day. Paul said this was meaningless compared to the real reason for teaching, to transform people from the inside to become lovers of God and one another.
Ask your children if they have heard of such hallowed colleges such as Harvard and Yale and Princeton? These schools were started by christians to instruct people to know God and live for Him. Today they no longer instruct people about God, they have turned aside to the lesser instruction of the mind and neglect the spirit altogether. Our country’s high learning institutions have tragically turned aside like the instruction in Ephesus.
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