Sermon: Training for Godliness (1 Timothy 4:6-10)
Updated: Dec 11, 2019
Last November 24, I was blessed with the opportunity to minister the Word on the Lord's Day at the Gospel Hall Melbourne. This church was planted in 1872 and has since played a vital role in the evangelising of Chinese immigrants to Melbourne. They are a deeply encouraging congregation and I am looking forward to returning several weeks from now to preach the Word once again.
Here's a synopsis of the sermon:
How would you answer the question, "what does it take to be physically fit?" You'd probably say something like, "eat healthy and exercise regularly." In the same way, training for godliness involves having a godly diet (1 Tim. 4:6-7a) and exercising godly discipline (1 Tim. 4:7b-8). A godly diet and discipline does not mean that the one who wakes up earliest for morning devotions is the holiest of them all, or that the politest person in town is the one whom God is most pleased with. Indeed, These things can often flow out of true godliness. But true godliness begins with the mystery of godliness, the Person and work of Christ (1 Tim. 3:16). It is through union with Christ that the life of God flows into us and causes us to be conformed to His Word. Any talk about training for godliness must begin with focusing on the God-man, Jesus Christ.
P.S. The reason I mention "balut" in the sermon is because I was publicly asked by the congregation beforehand what "must-try" Filipino delicacy I would like to recommend to them. Obviously, I gave the mandatory answer.