Cross Training (1 Timothy 4:6-16)

We are in a series called Faith Foundations as the apostle Paul writes to Timothy about what it looks like to be a servant of God. What Paul has taught Timothy are critical foundations for our faith. You will notice that the apostle Paul says this in 1 Timothy 4:6.

If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. (1 Timothy 4:6 ESV)

This is an excellent summary of what Paul is doing in this letter. Timothy is to teach people these faith foundations that Paul is declaring. Listening to what Paul is saying is the training in the words of faith and in the good doctrine that we need to follow. These teachings will be nourishing to our faith. Paul in this next paragraph is going to talk about cross training. But he is not talking about the cross training that has become very popular in our exercise programs over the past few years. Paul has in mind spiritual cross training. Look at verses 6-10 of 1 Timothy 4…

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