1Cor 4:17,18 A Role Model

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May 9, 2023, 6:24:18 AMMay 9
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A Role Model

1Cor 4:17,18  For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church. Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.

Timothy served as an example of one who had been parentally discipled by Paul and as such served as an object lesson in disciplemaking, and Timothy was outstanding in the respect. To the Philippians Paul spoke of Timothy saying, "I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel." Php 2:20-22

It was not simply that Timothy knew about Paul. Rather he lived as Paul did in life and doctrine. So to remind them of Paul's way of life was not simply to talk about Paul, but rather to live Paul's life in front of them. Paul needed to send him because a message like disciplemaking is more caught than taught. It's not just about knowledge, it's about a lifestyle. There have been plenty who don't practice what they teach, but teaching is more than telling and learning is more than listening.

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