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Under Gods Command 

1st Timothy: Timothy is a prime example of one who was influenced by godly relatives.  His mother, Enice, and grandmother, Lois, were Jewish believers who helped shape his life and promote his spiritual growth (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15)

MEGATHEMES

Sound Doctrine

 EXPLANATION: Paul instructed Timothy to preserve the Christian faith by teaching sound doctrine and modeling right living. Timothy had to oppose false teachers, who were leading church members away from belief in salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone.

IMPORTANCE: We must know the truth in order to defend it. We must cling to the belief that Christ came to save us. We should stay away from those who twist the words of the Bible for their own purposes.

Public Worship

EXPLANATION: Prayer in public worship must be done with a proper attitude toward God and fellow believers.

IMPORTANCE: Christian character must be evident in every aspect of worship. We must rid ourselves of any anger, resentment, or offensive behavior that might disrupt worship or damage church unity.

Personal Discipline

EXPLANATION: It takes discipline to be a leader in the church. Timothy, like all pastors, had to guard his motives, minister faithfully, and live above reproach. Any pastor must keep morally and spiritually fit.

IMPORTANCE: To stay in good spiritual shape, you must discipline yourself to study God’s Word and to obey it. Put your spiritual abilities to work!

Caring Church

EXPLANATION: The church has a responsibility to care for the needs of all its members, especially the sick, the poor, and the widowed. Caring must go beyond good intentions.

IMPORTANCE: Caring for the family of believers demonstrates our Christ like attitude and exhibits genuine love to nonbelievers.

 


Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 6:20-21 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care.  Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.  Grace be with you.      

The book of 1st Timothy provides guiding principles for local churches, including rules for public worship and qualifications for overseer (elders, pastors), deacons, and special church workers (widows).  Paul tells the church leaders to correct incorrect doctrine and to deal lovingly and fairly with all people in the church.  The church is not organized simply for the sake of organization, but so that Christ can be honored and glorified.

 Lets Bring it Home:  While studying these guidelines, don’t lose sight of what is most important in the life of the church-knowing God, working together in loving harmony, and taking God’s good News to the world.


Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 6:17-19  Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.   Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.     

Ephesus was a wealthy city, and the Ephesian church probably had many wealthy members.  Paul advised Timothy to deal with any potential problems by teaching that having riches carries great responsibility.  If you have been blessed with wealth, then thank the Lord.  Don’t be proud and don’t trust in your money.  Use your money to do good.  Be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share.

Lets Bring it Home:  No matter how much money you have, your life should demonstrate that God controls the wealth that he has placed under your care.


Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 6:11-12 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.  Fight the good fight.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.   

Paul uses active and forceful verbs to describe the Christian life: flee, pursue, fight, take hold.  Some think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act.  But we must have an active faith, training, working hard, sacrificing, and doing what we know is right.  Is it time for action on your part?  Christian service, like athletics, requires, training and sacrifice. Our discipline and obedience largely define whether or not we will be contributors or merely spectators

Lets Bring it Home:  How would other believers rank your contributing role on Christ Team?


Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 6:6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

This statement is the key to spiritual growth and personal fulfillment.  We should honor God and center our desires on him (“godliness,” see Matthew 6:33), and we should be content with what God is doing in our lives (Philippians 4:11-13).

  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s. 

 Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, most people still believe that money brings happiness.  Rich people craving greater riches can be caught in an endless cycle that only ends in ruin and destruction.  How can you keep away from the love of money? Paul gives us some guidelines:

(1)   realize that one day riches will all be gone

(2)   be content  with what you have

(3)   monitor what you are willing to do to get money

(4)   love people more than money

(5)   freely share what you have with others (6:18)

Lets Bring it Home: It is often helpful to distinguish between needs and wants.  We may have all we need to live but let ourselves become anxious and discontented over what we merely want.  Like Paul, we can choose to be content without having all that we want.  The only alternative is to be a slave to our desires.


Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 6:3-5 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing, He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 

Paul told Timothy to stay away from those who just wanted to make money from preaching, and from those who strayed from the sound teachings of the gospel into quarrels that caused strife in the church.

Lets Bring it Home: A person’s understanding of the finer points of theology should not become the basis for lording it over others or for making money.  Stay away from people who just want to argue.


Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 5:22-25 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others, Keep yourself pure.  Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.  The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.  In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.    

Paul says that a church should never be in a hurry about choosing its leaders, especially the pastor, because major problems or sins might be overlooked.  It is a serious responsibility to choose church leaders.  They must have strong faith and be morally upright, having the qualities described in 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9.

It is unclear why Paul gave this advice to Timothy, Perhaps contaminated water had led to Timothy’s indigestion and so he should stop drinking only water.  Whatever the reason, this statement is not an invitation to overindulgence or alcoholism. (If anyone can explain this please feel free to hit me back)

Lets Bring it Home: Not everyone who wants to be a church leader is eligible.  Be certain of an applicant’s qualifications before asking him or her to take a leadership position.