What Will You Persue (1 Timothy 6:3-19)

Our time focusing on 1 Timothy is nearing its end. For most of a year, we have considered the counsel of Paul to Timothy in this first letter that we have in the Bible. Paul has spoken to Timothy about why he needs to stay in Ephesus, about grace versus the law, about matters of worship, qualifications for elders and deacons, treatment of widows and much, much more.

Show Some Respect (1 Timothy 6:1-12)

Throughout Paul's first letter to Timothy, we've seen the apostle give the younger pastor a wide range of advice as to how Timothy in particular and the church in general should conduct themselves in Ephesus.

In this part of Ephesians, Paul turns his attention to the issue of how slaves should interact with their masters, and especially also with Christian masters. So the first question I want to address this morning is the question of relevance to us.

Green Hands And Grace (1 Timothy 5:24-25)

Tim Allen is an American actor famous for starring in a TV comedy called 'Home Improvement' in which he plays the accident prone star of a home improvement show. In one episode, Tim's wife Jill receives a phone call just before Tim arrives home, alerting her and a visiting friend to the fact that her husband has accidentally dyed his hands bright green while on the set of the show. After she hangs up, Tim walks in, hands in pockets, trying to hide his embarrassing situation.

Treatment of Elders (1 Timothy 5:17-21)

17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” e and “The worker deserves his wages.” f 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.

Church Family Care (1 Timothy 5:3-16)

A Biblical passage like 1 Timothy 5:3-16 might seem irrelevant.

But before we cut it out of our Bibles, look at what it says. Compare to today.

At least use it to critique our modern approach, if not our thinking.


First thing to note is that Paul simply assumes the church should be involved in caring for those in need. Just as was the case with discipline when we considered the first couple of verses in this chapter last time, he simply assumes that Timothy will accept the need for the church to be involved in caring for her members.

Christian Discipline (1 Timothy 5:1-12)

(Notes again)

5 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.


Sermon Outline:

1. Church Discipline Is Family Discipline

2. Church Discipline Is Not Harsh

3. Church Discipline Is Not Immoral


Set An Example (1 Timothy 4:12-16)

One of the most basic, most practical and perhaps most important questions a Christian can ask is the question “What does God want me to do with my life?”

It's a question asked by teenagers as they consider issues of career, of marriage, of where to live and more. But it's not just a question for teenagers. In an age in which people no longer stick to one career for their whole working life, in which the divorce rate among Christians is not much better than that of non-Christians, people often ask these questions more than once in their life.

A Noble Task (1 Timothy 3:1-13 - Part 2)

In our journey through 1 Timothy so far, we've seen Paul encouraging the younger pastor in a number of ways. Paul has referred to Timothy as his true son in the faith. He has reminded him of the importance of staying true to the faith and using the law correctly. He has focused on prayer for the leaders in society and the role they play in helping or hindering the spread of the gospel. And then in the last chapter or so that we've covered, he has focused on how the church should operate from day to day.


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