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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson Four

CONSCIENTIOUS EFFORT            Page 2

Conscientious Effort

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V.18 ** Before we get into our passage, we need to establish the back drop of Satan’s attack upon
the church; which is the body of Christ. Christians are constantly under attack, but from where does it come? What does it look like?

The answer comes in five forms:

1) Satan attacks the church by blinding the minds of unbelievers to the gospel, thereby keeping them away from the truth of God’s Word.
cf. 2Corinthians 4:3-4

2) Satan attempts to devastate those who are already saved by trying to destroy their faith and trust in God, which would render them ineffective for the battle.
cf. Luke 22:31-32 and 1Peter 5:8

3) Satan attacks the church by attacking marriage and the family. His design is to divide and conquer, to pit husband against wife, children against parents. By attacking marriage and family, Satan weakens the overall testimony of the church.
cf.1Corinthians 7:5, Colossians 3:19, Titus 2:3-5, Romans 1:28-30 and 2Timothy 3:2

4) Satan attacks the church through her leaders. If the leaders of the church are not above reproach, if they do not live out a “Conscientious Effort” each day they serve the Lord, they will “fall into reproach and the snare of the devil”(1Timothy 3:7).

When the shepherd is destroyed, the flock will scatter. cf. Matthew 26:31 (Zechariah 13:7)

5) Satan attacks the church through false religious systems. Liberal Christianity, the cults, world religions, and humanism are all constant forms of attack upon God’s precious truth. cf. Acts 20:28-30 and Titus 1:10-11

** Understanding some of the warfare and what Satan’s attack will look like, Paul issues a three-fold command to his son in the faith at the end of verse 18 and on into verse 19. What are the three components to Paul’s command?

“...fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience...”

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