1 Timothy – Intro; Ch 1, 2

Some random thoughts from the intro in one of my study bibles:
“Paul would say a pastor’s job is the hardest; he was aware of the vital nature of the job. Churches sprouted up everywhere but their success or failure depended on the local leadership. Written to Timothy near the end of Paul’s life. Timothy was converted during Paul’s first missionary journey. Paul would often call on him for help when issues came up in churches. Six of Paul’s letters begin with the news that Timothy is at his side. 1 Timothy address some issues in the early church that still apply today – underpaid staff, a generation gap, integrity shortage, abuse of social aid, love of money, etc.”
“How to read Timothy: Paul doesn’t give many details on false doctrines. These letters, however, include vague hints about super-spiritual living, Jewish genealogies, myths, and fables. Look for them and ask whether they have any modern equivalents.”
Thoughts that stand out to me
Chapter 1:
  • “False doctrines, myths & endless genealogies…promote controversy rather than God’s work – which is by faith.” (v3-4)
  • “The goal of this command is love.” (v5)
  • “Some have wandered away from these [pure heart, good conscience, sincere faith] and turned to meaningless talk.” (v6)
  • The law is good when used properly, but it is for the lawbreakers, not the righteous. (v8-11)
  • Paul says that he was shown mercy because he acted in ignorance and unbelief, before he turned to Christ. He says that he is the worst of all sinners. But that was so “Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” (v13-17)
  • Timothy has a calling to “fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.” (v18-19)

Chapter 2:

  • God wants all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of truth. (v4)
  • There is one God. (v5)
  • Talks about a womans role in worship. I think this was written for a different time. Would be interesting to study and discuss. (v9-15)

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