Apt To Teach
Elders must be men of the Word in order to refute error and uphold sound doctrine. The elders are responsible for upholding sound doctrine. Part 1 of 2.
- 1. What dangers does Paul address in Acts 20?
There would be false teachers arising among them, even from among the existing elders, teaching different things in order to draw others after them.
- 2. How do Paul’s words to Timothy and also to Titus demonstrate that this warning was accurate?
Paul later refers to false teachers in both of his letters to Timothy and Titus. The “characteristic” of “apt to teach” is important to combat all false teaching.
- 3. How are Paul’s words to Timothy on the qualifications of elders to be applied differently than his words on the same subject to Titus?
In 1 Timothy, characteristics listed are for existing elders to evaluate themselves. In Titus, the list is present to determine who is qualified to become an elder.
- What challenges to sound doctrine have you personally witnessed, either from within the church or from outside the church?
- What are some ways false teaching could arise in your church?
- What particular doctrine(s) do you personally need to study in order to become better equipped in combatting the most pressing false doctrine facing your church?
Two great resources:
J. Gresham Machen’s Response to Modernism” by John Piper
Whatever Happened to Truth? by Albert Mohler, Jr.