1. Abstain from false godliness by avoiding false teaching (4:1-5) a. False teaching has its roots in Satan and his minions b. False teaching is married to false living c. God is good: Abstain from asceticism with thanksgiving!
2. Pursue true godliness by believing right teaching (4:6-10) a. Right teaching must be the source of godliness b. A trustworthy saying: There is true life in true godliness c. Strive for godliness because of the finished work of the Gospel
3. Real teachers must live true godliness (4:11-16) a. Leaders are commanded to teach these things b. Leaders are commanded to set an example