With Pastor Larry Luffman
Paul warns Timothy against becoming spiritually shipwrecked, meaning becoming stranded and experiencing loss and failure in his spiritual life.
To avoid spiritual shipwreck, Paul gives three pieces of advice:
Hold firm to your faith. Faith is complete confidence in God and His Word. It comes from hearing the Word. Satan wants to undermine faith.
Keep a good conscience. Conscience distinguishes right from wrong but must be instructed by God's Word. When truth is ignored, conscience becomes defiled.
Rightly divide God's Word. Misunderstanding or misapplying Scripture can lead to false doctrine and spiritual ruin. We must study Scripture carefully.
Paul disciplined two men who became shipwrecked by teaching false doctrine about the resurrection.
The key is faithfulness - not growing cold or being led astray, but staying anchored to God's truth through faith, a good conscience, and proper handling of Scripture.
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