Book of 1st Timothy

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Book of 1st Timothy:

Book of 1 st Timothy A letter From The Apostle Paul

Introduction:

Introduction The Author Paul (1 Tim 1:1), Written between 62 & 64 AD A spiritual father (1:2) An example of Grace - hope for all (1:12-16) Just A thought………if I didn’t persecute Christians like Paul did but just told one teensy little lie in my entire life, I am still unjustified except for Grace Background Understanding the Context of the Letter The Writer The Reader The Subject 2

Background-Paul:

Background - Paul Paul didn’t fail to mention ….. that He considered me trustworthy…… …..even though I was once…. ……I was shown mercy…… …….the grace of the Lord was poured out on me…….. ……Christ Jesus Came into the world to save sinners- of whom I am the worst Vs 18…….Because Grace has overridden these passed statements, Paul is justified to command the believers to a life of Christ Just A T hought….Am I justified to command fellow believers to a life of faith? 3

Background-Paul:

Background -Paul My Past His Grace I’m Freeee ! I teach! P.A- God can save ANYBODY! 4

Background-Paul:

Background -Paul My Past Other than Grace Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? Micah 7:18 P.A: Don’t be hindered by your past! 5

Timothy :

Timothy Scriptural Ref Phil 1:1, 2 Cor 1:1, Col 1:1, 1Thes1:1, 2Thes 1:1, Acts 16:1-4, 1Cor 16:10-11, Acts 20:1-6, Phil 2:19 Born in Lystra Turkey-17 AD, died 97 AD in Macedonia Passionate from conversion Paul’s Mentee co Author: (2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 st & 2 nd Thessalonians and Philemon) P.A-There is an important role parents have to play in helping their children become what they should be 6 Click

Background- Timothy:

Background- Timothy Just A Thought…….What has been my passion since my conversion in 1993….4….7 7

Background - Ephesus:

Background - Ephesus In NT era, it’s the fourth greatest city in the world (after Rome, Alexandria and Antioch (according to a Roman writer- Ephesus Lumen Asiae , ‘ The Light of Asia ’ Nature of its inhabitants_ Rich, Religious, Cultural Believed to be a largely feminist society –Possibly founded by ancient warrior women (Amazons), Worship of goddess Diana (Acts 19:23-31). Probably gave women freedom over men 8

Background- Ephesians Church:

Background- Ephesians Church Pauls visits Acts 18:19-21 (Reasoning with the Jews) Acts 19:1-7 (Teaching on baptism) Acts 19:8 (persuading on the things of the kingdom) Acts 19:9-10 (taught for further 2 years and Gods word spread to all in Asia In what some has termed Paul’s fourth missionary journey (events after Acts 28), He returned to Ephesus to continue the work of the ministry. He left Ephesus for Macedonia (Modern day Greece) but left his assistant Timothy behind to finish the work. 9

Background- Ephesians Church:

Background- Ephesians Church Just a thought……… God, am I a plan for your purpose? Yes So am I in the plan for your purpose 10

Purpose:

Purpose Paul wrote: ……..Timothy take charge of Gods church!.... ....Ephesus is a liberal society!... ….Define and draw the line between the world and the church!... Aspects that would have influenced the development of the church at Ephesus were: False teachers (1Timothy 1:3-4, 4:7) Life style of a typical Ephesians' woman The socio-economic flamboyance of the city Courage in the place of timidity for Timothy himself (midlife age) (1Timothy 4:12-15) ….Just a thought……Can we relate with any of these aspects in our cultures? Do they affect our church?......... PA: Give no time to meaningless talk- focus on spiritual progress -Ps 1:1-3 11

Themes-The Letter:

Themes- The Letter The heart of this letter is love , 1 Tim1:5 . The heart of this letter is love , 1 Tim1:5 . The heart of t his letter is love , 1 Tim 1:5. The heart of this letter is love 1Tim1:5 . The heart of this letter is love 12

Themes:

Themes False Teachers & Apostasy The act of giving up belief Paul admonishes Timothy in 1Timothy 1:4-8 Highlights - myths -genealogies -devoted their time to meaningless talk. -Paul’s charge- Timothy, command against this! -it promotes controversial speculations -and it is meaningless talk! Rev 22 :18  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 13

Themes:

Themes EVERYONE is Called to Prayer 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Nature of the prayers advised: petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-   for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness it is good, and pleases God our Savoir Our Mediator-Christ Jesus Pray in holiness without dispute, without anger 14

Themes:

Themes Conduct of Women - Submission to husband - Modesty in dressing - Avoid chit chatting from house to house (from iphone to iphone ) - Manage your home - The Christian women at Ephesus were strictly commanded by Paul not to lead ……Just a thought…..James and John were arguing- Master, who is the best amongst us?...Jesus said- if you want to be the greater- by the Lord- you’ve got to be the servant of all…. Due to the nature of their socio-cultural origin ,the women of Ephesus had to unlearn taking charge and learn ‘submission’ 15

Themes- Your Composure in Ministry:

Themes- Your Composure in Ministry Deacons: - Test period - Respected lifestyle - Not pursuing dishonest gains - Not indulging in much wine 16

Themes- Elders, Widows, Youth:

Themes- Elders, Widows, Youth Paul gave guidelines on how widows were to be taken care of and the different categories / age groups. He urged relatives to take as much responsibility as they could for the widows, and for younger widows to go ahead and remarry. - 1 Tim 5:1-16 ……Just a thought…..sometimes, time and affection is all they need. He promoted the idea of recognition and reward for faithful elders of the church especially the pastors and teachers, as well as public rebuke for those who were in a constant habit of sinning - 1 Tim 5:17-20 17

Themes- Love of Money:

Themes- Love of Money People who are preoccupied with getting wealthy will get into many traps that will lead to ruin and destruction (1 Tim 6: 7). Godliness with content is great gain (1 Tim 6:6) People who are wealthy should never depend on their wealth but on God (1 Tim 6: 17). It is, however, the love of money, not money itself, which Paul stated was the root of all evil stated in 1Tim. 6:9-10. 18

Themes- Further Instructions to Timothy:

Themes- Further Instructions to Timothy To preach God’s word, to teach the truth of the word of God and make sure everyone learns them well. 1 Tim. 4: 11, 13 Not to allow anyone look down on him because of how young he was but he should be a pattern for them in his love, his faith, and his clean thoughts. 1 Tim. 4: 12 To make good use of the abilities given to Him by God 1 Tim 4: 14-15. To keep a close watch on all he thinks and does, and stay true to what is right. 1Tim 4: 16. Young Timothy must not rebuke older men in a harsh manner, rather he should correct them in a respectful way (1 Tim. 5:1). Timothy must live above board with mothers and young women. Absolute purity is essential. (1 Tim. 5:1) . 19

Personal Applications:

Personal Applications God can save anybody irrespective of what they have done. Time shouldn’t be given to arguing about fables, myths and foolish ideas. Our focus should be on exercising to keep ourselves spiritually fit. Church leaders and Pastors will really be accountable to God on how they live their lives and conduct themselves in the church. As we are now born again, the law is no longer for us; Jesus paid the price once and for all and as such we are no longer under the curse of the law. At no time should we depend on our wealth or our resources, rather we should depend absolutely on God. There is an important role parents will play in their children’s destiny. 20

Personal Applications:

Personal Applications Shadowing a mentor is a route to becoming an effective leader. Timothy was a good mentee. Paul appreciated him. Philippians 2:19–22; 2Timothy 4:9&21 We should not be hindered by our past (background, who we were before we accepted Christ) but pursue God’s plan for ourselves. God desires we lead quietly & peaceable lives in godliness & honesty Directions - Godliness is profitable unto all things 1 Timothy 4:8 - show respect for elders and Mothers- 1 Timothy 5:1-2 - take heed of the later days warning 1 Timothy 4: 1-3 - follow the guideline/qualifications for preachers & deacons - pray for all, especially kings, those in authority. 1Timothy 2:1 21

Questions:

Questions How young was Timothy when Paul wrote this letter? Can women be teachers and ministers in the church? This book says that Christians should not love money? (1 Tim. 6:10). Should Christians hate money? What does Paul mean that he delivered Hymenaeus and Alexander unto Satan 1Tim. 1:20? Is Paul encouraging intoxicating drink in 1 Tim. 5:23? 22

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