Paul countered these false teachers by focusing on at least four things.
1 Qualifications for Leaders
Taught the qualifications for being a teacher. (1 Ti 3:1-2; 2:12)
(The false teachers couldn't live by that standard).
An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
(1 Timothy 3:2).
2 Inspiration for New Leaders
He encouraged those contemplating to join the ministry (1 Ti 3:1).
It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.
(1 Timothy 3:1)
3 Clarification of Teaching Content
He made sure one's teaching was based on God's Word.(2 Ti 3:16)
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
(2 Timothy 3:16).
4 Instructions on how to Train
He instructed those on training. (2 Ti 2:2; Tit 2:1-5)
And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2).
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,4 that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored. (Titus 2:3-5).
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