1 Timothy

May 8, 2020

1Tim6- 2020-05-08


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Bible Text

1 Timothy 6:11-21

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

Grace be with you.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 6:11

  • The phrase, “But as for you, O man of God,” contrasts “man of God” to those who “wandered from the faith.”  What does Apostle Paul advise Timothy to do in order to not wander from the faith?
  • What are the things I need to flee from?  How can I concretely pursue the things listed in v. 11?  What is the relationship between “flee” and “pursue”?

1 Timothy 6:12-14

  • In what ways am I fighting the good fight of the faith?
  • What does it mean to “take hold of the eternal life” to which I was called (cf. v. 19)?

1 Timothy 6:15-16

  • How does reflecting on the attributes of God listed in verses 15-16 enable me to live up to the charge issued in verse 14?

1 Timothy 6:18

  • How can I be “rich in good works”?  What are the “riches” in my life that I can be generous with and who are the people that I need to share with?


May 7, 2020

1Tim6- 2020-05-07


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Bible Text

1 Timothy 6:1-10

1 Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.  2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 6:1

  • How significant a consideration is it in my life whether or not God’s name and the church’s teaching are reviled or slandered?

1 Timothy 6:2

  • Why would Christian slaves show less respect towards their Christian masters? In what ways do I take advantage of my relationships with other believers?

1 Timothy 6:6-7

  • How can a person be content with just “food and clothing”?  In what ways am I discontent with my life and what does this reflect about my attitude towards God?

1 Timothy 6:9-10

  • Why would a person who wants to get rich “fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires”?
  • What illusions about money do people who want to get rich have?  How does eagerness for money cause a person to wander from the faith?


May 6, 2020

1Tim5- 2020-05-06


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1 Timothy 5:17-25

17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)   24 The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 5:17-19

  • Why does Apostle Paul encourage the church to honor the faithful church elders?  (cf. Hebrews 13:7, 17)

1 Timothy 5:20

  • How does this verse demonstrate the kind of seriousness God has towards sin, especially in the leadership?
  • Who are the younger ones who look to me for guidance?  What does that mean regarding the seriousness of my sins?

1 Timothy 5:24-25

  • We have sins that are evident and sins that are secret (“appear later” to finally catch up); however, nothing is hidden from God’s sight.  What are the hidden sins I need to confess today?
  • How does the fact that God recognizes all my good deeds, done in public and secret, encourage me to faithfully serve him?  (cf. 1 Cor 15:58)


May 5, 2020

1Tim5- 2020-05-05


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1 Timothy 5:1-16

1 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

3 Honor widows who are truly widows. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. 5 She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, 6 but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.   13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 For some have already strayed after Satan. 16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 5:1-2

  • How did Apostle Paul instruct Timothy to relate with the members of the church? What does it mean to conduct myself “in all purity” with respect to my relationships in the body of Christ?

1 Timothy 5:3

  • What does this verse reveal about the heart of God toward the weak and helpless?
  • Who are those around me in need?  What steps can I take to become more aware of the needs around me and meet them?

1 Timothy 5:11

  • What are the desires of my heart/life that weaken my dedication to Christ?

1 Timothy 5:13

  • In this verse, idleness is tied together, ironically, with a flurry of activities.  What types of activities does idleness lead to in my life?  What are the common characteristics of these activities?


May 4, 2020

1Tim4- 2020-05-04


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Bible Text: 1 Timothy 4:9-16

9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 4:12

  • What is Apostle Paul’s exhortation to Timothy regarding establishing spiritual authority?  
  • What are the criteria I use to establish/evaluate spiritual authority which run contrary to this?

1 Timothy 4:15

  • Apostle Paul’s exhortation assumes that Timothy will demonstrate progress in godliness, and furthermore, this progress will be visible to others.  How does this assumption challenge the contemporary notion that my spiritual growth is strictly between me and God?

1 Timothy 4:16

  • Who are the people who are affected by my personal faithfulness to God?  And how are they affected?


May 1, 2020

1Tim4- 2020-05-01


Bible Text:

1 Timothy 4:1-8

1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 4:1-2

  • What is the relationship between hypocrisy, deceit and searing of the conscience?
  • How would a person with a seared conscience respond to truth?

1 Timothy 4:3-5

  • How did the false teachers of that time try to address the problem of sin?  Why is this futile?  How do I try to address the problem of sin in my life?

1 Timothy 4:7-8

  • What are some “myths” that prevail in today’s Christian pop culture about spirituality or what it means to be a Christian?
  • How does the fact that one needs to train oneself to be godly contradict such falsehood?
  • What are the characteristics of physical training that would also apply in training to be godly?  What are the steps that I can take to train myself to be godly?


April 30, 2020

1Tim3- 2020-04-30


Bible Text:

1 Timothy 3:8-16

8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.          13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

He was manifested in the flesh,

    vindicated by the Spirit,

        seen by angels,

proclaimed among the nations,

    believed on in the world,

        taken up in glory.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 3:8-10

  • A deacon means “one who serves.” Why would it be important for a deacon to “hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience”? What would happen to a deacon who does not?  How can I keep hold of the gospel with a clear conscience?
  • Why should character come before service?  In what ways do modern day Christians ignore this?  What character issues do I need to work on in order to be a person that is “dignified” and “blameless”?

1 Timothy 3:4, 12

  • Why is it important that an overseer or a deacon manage his own family well?  How am I managing my personal affairs? 

1 Timothy 3:14-15

  • How does Apostle Paul describe the church?  For each description, what is the implication for how I ought to live?


April 29, 2020

1Tim3- 2020-04-29


Bible Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-7

1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 3:1-4

  • What is involved in being an overseer?  What aspects of life does the list cover?  
  • In what ways am I seeking status over responsibility?

1 Timothy 3:6-7

  • An overseer is equivalent to a pastor or an elder.   What are some reasons a recent convert might become conceited if he were appointed an overseer?
  • How does this passage warn against compartmentalization of one’s faith?  List examples of compartmentalization of faith that result in “falling into the condemnation of the devil.”


April 28, 2020

1Tim2- 2020-04-28


Bible Text: 1 Timothy 2:8-15

8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 2:8

  • How is anger and disputing contrary to prayer?  In what ways can my attitude towards others prevent me from having proper reverence and submission to God in prayer?  

1 Timothy 2:9-10

  • What personal choices (other than clothing), which the world regards as matters of personal taste and freedom, should similarly come under the authority of the teachings of Scripture? What practical applications do I need to make in order to live in a way “proper” for those who “profess godliness”? 

1 Timothy 2:11-12

  • Apostle Paul wisely advised the women to be silent in the church because of the cultural context in which they lived.  What are some ways that I need to curb or limit my freedom in order to be a good witness to others?  


April 27, 2020

1Tim2- 2020-04-27


Bible Text:

1 Timothy 2:1-7

1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.    7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Reflection & Application

1 Timothy 2:1-4 

  • How does v. 4 address common doubts and misconceptions about God’s “fairness”?  
  • What implication does v. 4 have on the way that I view my role and calling in life?  How does this challenge the way that I view people that I encounter?  

1 Timothy 2:6

  • A ransom is the price given to free a slave.  What are the implications of the fact that Christ has given himself as a ransom for me, and what is it that he has freed me from?  In what ways can I live out the freedom he died to win for me?

1 Timothy 2:7 

  • What hinders me from fully affirming the same life purpose as Apostle Paul?


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