Sunday, June 28, 2015
By Estelle Nazary
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10
Circumstances and events may be against us, but it we abide in Him, the Holy Spirit will make us joyful. A worrying Christian is a misnomer. Do you have the Lord? If you do, then rejoice in the Lord. There is not a single verse in the Bible that will permit a child of God to worry. Joy is strengthening to the spiritual life, but sadness and worry paralyze the soul, rendering it too weak to face up to life’s problems. The distraught and downcast Christian soon becomes to weary in the work of the Lord. You worry only when you refuse to yield to the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Spirit of Righteousness
Prepared on October 19, 1937 By W.H. Wood late afternoon
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. 29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment , and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed , he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more , when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said , He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. Luke 10:25-37
Introduction: Story of Good Samaritan
1. Thieves – What is thine is mine. A desire to rob, such as John Dillinger – caused him to kill 16 bankers in robberies. Such was the philosophy of the world’s war, etc.
2. The Levite – What is mine is mine. A spirit of hording – no desire to help others.
3. The Good Samaritan – What is mine is thine. A spirit of helpfulness. What we own is God’s – we are stewards for Him. He expects us to utilize all our time, energy, and talents for Him.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Lessons from the life of Moses
By Estelle Nazary
God has a purpose for His own and He will preserve us for that purpose.
God can make man sensitive to His mission and eventually reveal His plan to him.
It is one thing to be surrendered to a job or task; it is another thing to be surrendered to the Lord.
God used one method of making His will known to Moses and He can use others to help us to know His will.
When God calls a man he may feel his inadequacies and may be inadequate, but God’s sufficiency equips him.
There may be difficulties and hardships in the way, but God can give victory.
Fellowship with God permits God to reveal His will.
Fellowship with God makes a difference in the inward person and also in his/her facial expression.
Moses’ concern was so great for his people that he prayed that God would blot him out of God’s book, if He would not have compassion and forgive them their terrible sin.
Lack of faith prevents us from enjoying many blessings of God.
God’s leaders can lay down the burden of leadership without despair.
No matter how long it takes, every promise God has made will be fulfilled just as He made it.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Sinner’s Twenty-Third Psalm
By W. H. Wood
Satan is my master: I am never satisfied.
He makes me to lie down in barren pastures,
he leadeth me besides the troubled waters
He destroyeth my soul, he leadeth me in paths
of sin for his wicked purposes.
Yea though I walk in the high places, I am
always afraid, for he is ever with me, his
rod and staff, they continually oppress me.
He makes me many promises in the presence of
mine convictions, he anoinest my head with sinful
desires; my cup is forever empty.
Surely sin and misery shall follow me all the
days of my life, and I will dwell with the
devil in hell forever.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Fellow-Citizens with the Saints
By W.H. Wood
Churches can improve human relations if they are composed of people who are born from above. The only thing which can save a human life in time and in eternity is the power of Jesus Christ. A church is a little colony of heaven on earth. A church, above all earthly organizations should be God-like. The fellow-citizens with the saints are the sowing salt of the earth.
The churches can improve human relations by proclaiming the Gospel. Before Christ returned to heaven he gave his church a great commission. That commission is to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The missionary enterprise is the organized effort of the churches to give the Gospel to all men. The improvement of human relations is a product of the proclamations of the Gospel. A soul-winning church in a wicked community can improve that community.
Churches can improve human relations by behaving like Christians in church life. In a Baptist church everybody ought to be somebody. A Baptist church is a spiritual democracy. All have equal rights and privileges. Every church ought to demonstrate to the world how church members can love one another, help one another, and live together in a glorious, transforming fellowship.
Churches can improve human relations by demonstrating Christ-likeness in the world. Just as Christ opposes hypocrisy, sham, and all sorts of evil in the world so should His churches oppose them. Churches are militant forces for righteousness. They are to go forth clad in the whole armor of God. We must remember, as Paul told the Ephesians, that this is composed of the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the sword of the spirit, the breastplate of righteousness, the girdle of truth, and feet that are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
What Are You Living For?
By W.H. Wood
(Obviously written for a high school graduation, but I have no other information on when it was written.)
But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of .John 4:32
Mr. Superintendent, Graduating Class, Parents, and Friends:
Intro: Happy to be with you; Happy for this opportunity today.
Your achievement in coming to your graduation marks a distinct epoch in your life. This achievement indicates patience and persistence on your part. May I urge you to go on with further study and necessary preparation for days ahead.
Education was considered a luxury for the few. But now considered a stern necessity for many. Get knowledge, but remember “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Culture that leaves Go out is dangerous. World is suffering now because knowledge too often has been divorced from any recognition of the will of God.
I bid you God-speed. Remember what the old Troy general said to the young man when asked the secret of his winning victories in his campaigns. He said, “The secret of any and every victory, young man, is in getting a good ready.” Get a good ready, my friends, for the battles of life are ahead of you. Great demand will be made upon you.
Now let us think about the hidden reinforcements of life. The thought comes from the words of Jesus as He said, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” Recall the occasion…
Jesus had an open conversation with the woman at the well in Samaria…
Probed her conscience – by bringing to light the guilty secrets of her immoral life. He forced her to see herself as she really was. Then He led her to see that He was the long promised Christ. Disciples returned, urged Him to eat, “Master, eat.” Jesus answered, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” This statement points our mediation and suggests several vital truths for us.
We have spiritual natures which must be fed on spiritual food. In contrast to spiritual food – physical food. Soul relates to God and eternal body relates us to seen and temporal.
Big question then is “What am I living for?” What is the dominant purpose in my life? What spurs me on? Do I live to eat or eat to Live? What is the meaning of life? Everyone should ask, “What am I living for?” Jesus said, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work.”
Ours is the same if we carry out God’s purpose for our lives.
Have we faced the truth?
Do we understand it?
Are we, then wholeheartedly trying to conform our will to His? Things of earth cannot satisfy us. Man descends to level of mere animal if he lives primarily on physical plane. Think of the life of the debauchee, of the drunkard, of the sensualist, of the mere glutton. Such do not truly live at all. They merely exist like animals. That type of existence cannot satisfy. The end is doom.
Augustine was right when he said, “man was made for God and is restless until he rests in God.”
Story told of Napoleon’s forces crossing the desert being thirsty, thought they saw a lake of water. Upon arrival it was a mirage in the desert. Life without God is like that, a mirage in the desert – a delusion.
No wonder Lord Byron wrote when young as he debauched his life most terribly and perverted it.
“My days are in the yellow leaf;
The flowers and fruits of love are gone;
The worm, the canker, and the grief
Are mine alone.”
The world cannot satisfy. We are made for a higher destiny than that.
Second truth suggested in the battle of life is to keep the soul in ascendancy over the body. This is a hard battle. Paul tells of war of spirit against flesh.
If you could only see with me, and hear the pitiful cries of some men whose lives have been burnt out with strong drink. He sits, and recounts his story of the downward drift of sin and drink, until he is hopeless in his ability to recover himself and overcome passion for strong drink.
To gain and keep control over the body and its appetites is a battle we need to fight. The battle of spiritual over physical is the hardest battle we have to fight in this life. Shall the soul or the body dominate our lives? That is the issue.
Fortunately there are certain hidden reinforcements we can draw upon in this conflict between body and soul. “I have meat to eat that you know not of.” We can say the same.
Reinforcements to draw on:
Fall back on conscience. Every man is to look well to his own conscience. Education most needed in our land and others is education of conscience.
Paul said, “I also exercise myself to have a conscience void of offence toward God and man always.
We hear a great deal about crisis. Greatest crisis is that of character. If a man trifles with his conscience til he is willing to tell a lie for any amount of money; so that he is willing to turn a sharp corner, marked by trickery and fraud, that’s a crisis. Yes – a tragedy – in the realm of character.
We are to see that we do not have a deadened, desensitized, benumbed, paralyzed consciences.
He must keep his conscience intact. See to it that it is not diverted, diseased, and doomed. Conscience must be sensitive, as the needle of compass to magnetic pole.
Big question not what is pleasant or profitable, or expedient, or customary, but what is right. For right is might, since God is God, and right the day must win, To doubt would be disloyalty, To falter would be sin.
Think of covenanted engagements broken, laughing at them, calling them scrapes of paper in government. Think of Honor our legislators have broken and debauched adequate legislature to do away with whiskey.
Worthy ambition in life.
What are you living for? Pleasure, riches, popularity, name, power, wisdom, glorify God.
Unfaltering faith in final triumph of righteousness.
Man can endure ill if he believes in final triumph of righteousness. We are not losing the battle when we do right. Whatever the cost, I must do right. I haven’t’ a friend left, I must do right. Better to starve than to do wrong. Man cannot do wrong and not face it and God.
Faith in final triumph of righteousness is glorious reinforcement to challenge and strengthen us as we go on.
It is reported that Victor Hugo asked, “Was it possible for Napoleon to win at Waterloo? He answered with great vigor, “No.” And why? Because of Wellington? No! Because of an allied army? No! Then why? Victor’s answer was, “Because of God.” Napoleon had said that right and righteousness did not matter. God overturned him. God brought him to defeat and doom.
Christ must reign until He has put all enemies under his feet. Even death shall be destroyed. That is my faith. Is it yours? I have no question about the final outcome of righteousness.
Conscious companionship with Jesus the Divine Savior and Lord.
“Lo, I am with you always. I’ll be with you in the sixth trouble and I will not forsake you in the seventh.”
These statements guarantee His presence with His friends. By faith they can see and feel Him standing within the shadows keeping watch over His own. His presence with His friends is a reality.
Martin Luther, when storm clouds were all about him said, “Come let us sing Psalm 46. God is my refuge and strength, a very pleasant help in trouble.”
Do you have an unfaltering faith in triumph of righteousness?
Do you have right ambition?
Do you have right motive?
Do you have right goal in life?
Do you have fellowship and companionship with Jesus Christ?
To whom do you turn in dark and cloudy day?
Do you with Peter say, “Lord to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”
Christ is the one source adequate and sufficient.
My grace is sufficient. How glorious it is to take God at His word, to obey and to follow where He leads.
Will you do that?
By Estelle Nazary
Peace is only of God’s giving. No human can produce it. The way to peace is to take ourselves and all whom we hold dear…to take all life…and to place them…and ourselves… and it… trustingly in prayer in hands of God.
Peace is inward peace of soul that is grounded in God’s presence and promise. Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me all ye that labor and heavy laden and I’ll give you rest.
Insomnia – Mind is abnormally active and brain whirls round and round. Fear grips the heart and all rest is gone. Both heart and thought are soothed to calm and rest as Jesus stilled the storm in Sea of Galilee.
Beautiful tranquility comes to him whose soul rests in Jesus for the peace of God keeps watch over his life. Anxious care is out of place in the Heavenly Father’s presence. Requests are always placed with Him. Paul says we must do our part by controlling our minds and thoughts.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I found this written on a scrap piece of paper by my grandmother and thought it was too good not to share.
The old things are passed away, now, today, I enter into a new life...
Have you ever heard a person say "If only I could live my life over again?" But this is not what anyone really wants. What we really want is a different life, a new life, a new direction now. Let us have no regrets over the past. Let us not long to go back to relive it - Now is the time, Now is our beginning, Now - new life is ready for us. Think of yourself as at the point of beginning again. Do not let the mistakes, the failures, the unhappiness of the past - not even the happiness of the past bind you to yesterday. Let the past go. Live now. Live today in newness of thought, newness of life, newness of purpose. Every day you have a new life to live if you only realize it and this new way of living can be transforming and enriching.
"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind." Isaiah 65:17
Monday, December 8, 2014
The Way to Happiness or Blessedness
By Estelle Nazary
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1:1-6
Blessed = Happy
It is a great idea to read some from Psalm and Proverbs every day. Psalms will how you how to get along with God. Proverbs will show you how to get along with your fellowman.
People are constantly seeking happiness. Fun is temporary and dependent on circumstances. Real happiness is peace within and not dependent on outward circumstances.
The way to blessedness or happiness has 2 requirements:
The first thing is to avoid a negative way of life. How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! There is a progression of sin and the position of the sinner. We must not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, stand in way of sinners (with sin), or sit in the seat of the scornful (bitter & sour).
The second requirement is to know the right way of life and what to do. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. We must delight in the law of the Lord, His commandments. It is also important to do the will of God which includes the vocational will of God and the daily will of God.
The reasons why this life brings happiness:
When we avoid a negative way of life and pursue the right way of life, it makes for a stable life. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. The tree in this verse represents stability with its roots deep. If we follow the right way, the storms of life may come, but we will stand, the tree will stand. When crisis come, we can remain stable. The will of God remains eternal.
The right way of life causes us to amount to something. What am I amounting to? If you know Jesus and this is God’s will for you, you will touch people for time and eternity. You are somebody!!
The right way of life produces security in this life. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
God is not ignorant of people’s way. God’s covenant is with his people. God protects us in every pitfall, every problem of life. God will take care of you until He gets through with you. Paul was snake bit, in a shipwreck, and in jail, but all that could not get him – only until God got through with him.
Sinners chaff, but the wind will drive away. The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
There may be an appearance of success or happiness, but wait until the wind comes. The tree will stand. The ungodly will be in judgment, but cannot stand. Christians have been delivered – we are safe and secure.
Do you know this blessedness, this happiness?
Do you know Jesus?
As a Christian, do you lack a sense of fulfillment?
Are you doing what God wants you to do?
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Good morning! I wanted to share some exciting news. After years of procrastinating, I finally wrote a book about W.H. Wood. It was launched yesterday on amazon.com.
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Lights in the World
Prepared on October 5, 1945 by W.H. Wood
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Philippians 2:14-16
The scriptures written many years ago are contemporaneous with events and conditions of today. They are just as applicable to life today as when written. Paul lived in a wicked and perverse age. Crookedness, perversity, and darkness exist today. Just as lights were needed to shine in the world then, so lights are needed to dispel the world’s darkness today.
The world lay in darkness at the beginning of the Christian era and the darkness was as dense as the blackest night. It was a disenchanted world into which Christ was born. Religion had failed. Governments had failed. Philosophy could not satisfy the longing of men’s hearts. Heathendom was rampant. Slavery was universal. Colossal wickedness existed everywhere.
We live in a disenchanted and terribly confused era of the world’s history. It is an entirely different world from what we thought a generation ago it would be today. Faith in democracy has been shattered; rise of nationalism; racial animosities; wars and rumors of wars, intemperance, gambling, indifference to religion, suicides and divorces are on the increase. Pessimistic philosophies of life are prevailing everywhere.
Christianity, the Christian church and all Christians have a definite function in this dark age. We should do all things without murmuring and questioning or complaining and doubting. We should become blameless and harmless children of light not responsible for this wickedness. We should be lights in this world. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify the Father which is in heaven.”
Friday, September 26, 2014
The University of the Spirit
Prepared on August 30, 1945 by W.H. Wood in the A.M.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
The only entrance requirement:
Dissatisfaction with present conditions.
Paul – “I count not myself to have apprehended” – seize or take a mental hold of.
Isaiah – “I am – unclean”.
Peter – “wept bitterly”.
We must learn to conquer failure. “forgetting those things which are behind”.
Elijah’s hard year.
Judas never got past it.
We must become visionary. “Reaching forth unto”.
Moses – “saw him who is invisible”.
Abraham – “looked for a city…”
We must learn to plod incessantly (continuous). “I press toward the mark”
Specialization – “This one thing”.
Paul – Had his pride to conquer.
Moses – Had his timidity to conquer.
The rich young ruler had locked “one thing”.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Prepared on August 28, 1946 by W.H. Wood
“So run that ye may obtain” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Many rules that govern safe driving also govern us in our Christian life and conduct.
Perhaps the first quality we demand in an automobile is dependability. And God requires that His followers be found faithful.
We need to be careful with our steering. Careless steering endangers our lives. We must keep to the right; and watch out for children; keep wide awake and alert at all times; and watch out for danger signs, and detour when necessary.
We must study the road map – The Bible. Some people may be bound for heaven, as they say, but they are going in the opposite direction. We must keep on the lookout for evidence that we are on the King’s highway.
We must be prepared for emergencies. Have plenty of fuel (remember the foolish virgins). We should have a first-aid outfit (the Good Samaritan).
We should have good brakes. Have you habits that you can’t stop? Many people know how to run a car who can’t stop it properly. Many people who are Christians lack adequate control of their human natures, their tongues, their wills.
We must keep the battery charged. Regular visits to God’s service station – the church. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”. We must avoid the experience of Samson – “He wist not that the Lord departed from him.”
Thursday, August 28, 2014
The newspaper articles of W.H. Wood announcing his candidacy for Constable and his withdrawal from the race.
The Taylorsville Signal
W.H. Wood for Constable
For some time the many friends of W.H. Wood of Rt. 1 have been urging him to become a candidate for Constable of Taylorsville Precinct, Beat 2. That gentleman has at least decided to accordingly his formal announcement to that effect may be found in the regular announcement column of this issue of the Signal.
Mr. Wood having been a resident of this precinct for several years needs no introduction to the voters of this justice district. He is a sober, honest, hard-working farmer, possessed of every qualification necessary to make him an ideal executive officer of the Justice Court.
Mr. Wood has always had a good record as a law abiding citizen. He is a successful farmer and licensed Baptist preacher. 29 year old has been deacon of the Fellowship Baptist Church for several years. He is qualified both mentally and physically to look after the duties of the office of Constable.
It is his purpose to see each voter in person before the primaries, but in the meantime he covets any investigation of his life and character that the public may choose to make. His candidacy is with the voters for their consideration.
He has issued the following card:
To the Voters of Beat Two:
I take this method of announcing myself as a candidate for Constable for Beat 2. I have never before asked for any public office. I have lived in Beat 2 for the past seven years. It has always been my desire to be of some service to my county and I believe I can fill this office without fear or favor. I ask your careful investigation of my record as a private citizen and if found worthy of your consideration I shall honor your support by rendering four years of faithful service. I think if there has ever been a time in the history of our country that we need officers that will rebel against vice and crime it is now and if elected I will make our country a better place in which to live.
I will make the race fair and impartial holding no prejudice towards my opponent. I will not forsake the friendship of my fellowman for an office. I had rather come back defected honestly than to have the office unjust and I will make no effort to win votes that way. I hope to see every voter before the August primary and present my claim personally.
Your vote and influence will be solicited.
Withdrawal from the race:
The Taylorsville Signal
To the Voters of Beat 2:
I want to say that some time ago I entered the race for Constable not knowing my future by any means. I wanted to make Beat 2 an officer if elected that would enforce the laws and make our country a better place in which to live, but I find that God must have first place in the hearts and lives of Christian people. I have been a licensed Baptist preacher for several years, but very little preaching have I done, being handicapped without a college education. I have found no opportunity in this great work. I have been praying and waiting for the opportunity to arrive in which I might enter my studies for the ministry, but little did I know that the time was so near at hand when I entered the race for Constable. I have made plans and secured a place in Clarke College and will enter this fall if the Lord be willing, therefore I am withdrawing from this race to enter my school work. I hope no one will be disappointed and I am asking that you choose will in electing your next crop of officers.
Sincerely Your Friend,
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Prepared for Estes’ ordination at Brandon Baptist Church on August 19, 1945
By W.H. Wood
The spirit of ministration will always find many opportunities open to it. The state of mind of a minister should be to – fear God – reverence, honor and respect Him as the God of heaven.
The new enterprise should be undertaken in the spirit of prayerful dependence and self-consecration. His message should be to proclaim the truth under the supervision of the Holy Spirit. His purpose should be to avoid iniquity such as all types of unrighteousness, wickedness, evil, injustice, and crime.
Ordination is an act of brotherhood and recognition of spiritual gifts essential to the ministry. We believe that according to the scripture your habit should be walking with God. We also believe that according to the voice of scripture your greatest work will be turning men to God.
Divine grace unites with human judgment and effort. Teaching the law of God in accordance to the divine grace extended you will be your greatest duty. Acting as God’s messenger is your commission.
Paul admonished young Timothy to study.
You must study to show yourself to the world.
You must study to show yourself approved unto God.
You must study to be a successful workman.
You must study that you may not be ashamed.
You must study that you may be able to rightly divide the word of truth.
You have the message – the green light is on – go forward, hand-in-hand with God and fear no danger so long as you cooperate with God.
"My covenant was with him, one of life and peace, And I gave them to him that he might fear Me; So he feared Me And was reverent before My name. The law of truth was in his mouth, And injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity, And turned many away from iniquity. "For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. Malachi 2:5-7
So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. Acts 14:23
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach. Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:9-16
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope, To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. As I urged you when I went into Macedonia--remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust. 1 Timothy 1:1-11
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:41-42