Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity (NIV).
In 1 Timothy 2 and 4, Paul reminds Timothy of the importance of “petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving.”
He particularly tells Timothy that people should always pray for their leaders.
I don’t pray for my leaders often. I should do this more.
Paul informs the Corinthian church that he is sending Timothy to remind them of Paul’s “way of life.”
Timothy’s ministry is still a partnership, based upon teamwork and modeling, but he is now being sent out alone.
Paul is gradually giving Timothy more and more independence and authority.
“Grace be with you” (6:21b, NIV).
Powerful, short words to conclude this 8-week study.
Do I say more than necessary at the conclusion of matters?
Yes, definitely. I go on and on.
Like I’m doing right now.
Christians must be evervigilant.
Hymenaeus and Alexander were sincere believers whose faith ws “shipwrecked.”
Paul “handed them over to Satan” to teach them a lesson.
It is vital that believers not engage in sinful actions which require this level of intervention.
But many of us do, in fact, require a strong level of correction.
An important theme in 1 Timothy is to avoid the wrong thing, not only to do the right thing.
Do I spend more time doing the right things or avoiding the wrong things?
Is this a 50/50 proposition, or is one task more important than the other?
I thought Paul’s teaching on gender roles would be much more difficult to process, but he says that these are his opinions.
First Timothy is not where we find unnegotiable descriptions of the differences between men and women.
Paul emphasized in this letter that church leadership is all about relationships.
There really isn’t anything new under the sun!
Part of keeping our faith strong is avoiding pointless arguments.
This is not the same thing as avoiding thoughtful conversation. But debate is futile in the arena of science vs. religion.
So don’t bother.