1 Timothy 4:1-5
God’s Truth vs. Demonic Counterfeit
May 24, 2009
A Southern Baptist Church
The Big Idea: God’s word and prayer provide the kind of grounding that enables believers to recognize and reject demonic counterfeits around them.
I. Watch out for false teachers! – vv. 1-3
a. They are energized by Satan – 1a
b. They lead people astray – 1b
c. They are hypocrites – 2
d. They deny God’s word - 3.
i. Forced celibacy – prohibition of marriage – 3a
ii. Selective diet – forbidden food – 3b
II. Get grounded in the truth – 4-5
a. Everything created by God is good – 4a.
b. Offering thanksgiving before food is important - nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving – 4b.
c. The word of God and prayer make ordinary things holy – 5.
· It is interesting that once again Paul reminds Timothy of the two essential emphases in life of every believer – The Word of God and Prayer.
· Our ability to recognize demonic counterfeit in life is only as good as our knowledge of the truth expressed in God’s word and powered by prayer.