It was my turn to teach Sunday School again today, lesson 41, “I Have Finished My Course,” drawn from the epistles to Timothy and Titus.
I’m always a little hesitant to talk publicly about my Sunday School lessons, because there’s always somebody who doesn’t think I stuck closely enough to the manual. If you think from what I write below that I went renegade with this one, please read the entire posted lesson before you comment.
We had about 20 minutes remaining in class when we started talking about 1 Timothy 4:12:
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
My first question was:
Look at verse 12 again. “Be thou an example of the believers.” I think most people would consider belief to be an internal thing, something you hold in your brain, or in your heart. Does Paul seem to think that belief is only an interior thing?
and we talked about it in general. But then I wanted to get specific. The questions I actually asked (I eliminated one or two from my notes, because of time) were: