I Timothy 6:3-12
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
God calls the fathers who know Jesus as their Savior and Lord, not only to be men, but above all to be men of God. The passage before us is directed to Timothy personally, the young pastor who was the apostle Paul's true son in the faith. However, I believe that this should also be addressed to Christian men in general and to Christian dads in particular today. Paul presents truths that each father needs to hear and heed if he would fulfill his role well and be considered a "man of God". Paul says that a man of God should
1. _____________________ these things (vs 3-11a)
2. _____________________ after these virtues (vs 11b)
3. _____________________ the good fight of faith (vs.12)