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Pursue Spiritual Gain     1 Tim. 6:3-19     April 7, 2013


       Do you give proper attention to the Pursuit of spiritual gain in your life? This lesson will help.              

1.   Pursue Spiritual Gain . . Protect Against Greed. 6:3-5

      A.  Protect Against Greed . . Promote Godliness. 6:3

      3 If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and

       with the teaching that promotes godliness,


      B.  Protect Against Greed . . Prohibit Thinking godliness brings Material Gain. 6:4-5

4 he is conceited, understanding nothing, but having a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words.

       From these come envy, quarreling, slanders, evil suspicions,

       5 and constant disagreement among men whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine

       that godliness is a way to material gain.

       If you properly pursue spiritual gain you will actively promote godliness. Request your pastor and church

       leaders to project every way they know about to promote godliness. In addition, churches need to prohibit

       a focus of material gain coming from godliness. These verses make you wonder if some of health and

       wealth gospel people have read them. How does one reflect on spiritual gain? How about an emphasis on

       prayer, bible reading, spiritual meditation, sharing the faith? How simple; but how many of us do it as

       much as we could?


2.   Pursue Spiritual Gain . . Practice Godliness. 6:6-10

      A.   Practice Godliness . . Promote Godliness with Contentment. 6:6-8

       6 But godliness with contentment is a great gain.

       7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. 8 But if we have food and clothing,

       we will be content with these.


       B.   Practice Godliness Do Not . . Plunge People Into Ruin and Destruction. 6:9-10

       9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which

       plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by

       craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

       How can we practice godliness? The text states being contentment with godliness brings great gain and it

       is talking about the spiritual side of life. Did you ever think you were actively pursuing godliness or did it

       just come as a bi-product of wanting to be a dedicated Christian? We probably have not actively pursued

       discipleship as much as we needed to in order to help new believers grow. I think I became more aware

       of the spiritual life through osmosis. As I was like a sponge around those I perceived as godly. We

       certainly should not plunge into materialism and other harmful desires which lead to destruction.


3.   Pursue Spiritual Gain . . Proceed Toward Righteousness. 6:11-16

      A.   Proceed Toward Righteousness . . Fight the Good Fight for Faith. 6:11-13

11 Now you, man of God, run from these things; but pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.12 Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life, to which you were called and have made a good confession before many witnesses.

       13 In the presence of God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good confession before

       Pontius Pilate, I charge you


      B.   Proceed Toward Righteousness . . Faithfully Keeping the Commandments. 6:14-16

14 to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which

       God will bring about in His own time. He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the

       Lord of lords, 16 the only One who has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom none of

       mankind has seen or can see, to whom be honor and eternal might. Amen.


       Have you thought the Christian has a fight? Paul calls this the good fight of faith. Notice that we must

       run from the seeking of riches in verses 9-10 and pursue those things in verses 11-16. As the Lord gave a

good confession to Pilate all of us need to give a good confession every time we have an opportunity. Keeping the Commandments of the Lord will be part of the plan for us in fighting the good fight. The basic for the soldier in this fight are the basics of the Christian life, prayer, Bible study witnessing, church attendance, and Christian fellowship


4.   Pursue Spiritual Gain . . Prioritize the Present Age. 6:17-19

      A.   Prioritize the Present Age . . Set Your Hope on God. 6:17

17 Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.


      B.   Prioritize the Present Age . . Storing Up for the Age to Come. 6:18-19

18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real. HCSB

              If we pursue spiritual gain we will need to prioritize our daily schedules and write on our heart that we want to focus on the spiritual aspects of life. We will set our hope on and in God. I am sure many of us have been amazed at what God has done and what He is doing throughout our families as anyone or all of us put God first and seek His kingdom. It is interesting that the text tells us to be rich in good works and to be generous. The most generous givers I have known testify to the blessings of God in their lives. We are told to store up for ourselves a good foundation for the age to come. The end result will demonstrate itself in this life and the life to come as we Pursue Spiritual Gain. Amen? Amen!