1 Timothy – Ch 3, 4

Thoughts that stand out to me

Chapter 3:
  • No wonder people don’t like the church. We read stuff like this and misinterpret it. I fail at a lot of these things. Does that mean I shouldn’t be a leader in the church? Or was this written to a specific church, dealing with specific issues? And what is the take away for me as a leader? Should I be held more accountable for some of this stuff?
  • If you want to be a leader in the church you must: “be above reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. Must manage your family well and see that your children treat you with proper respect. Must not be a recent convert. Must have a good reputation with outsiders. Must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. Must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve. Their wives are to be temperate and trustworthy in everything. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” (v1-13…skipping around a bit)
  • This is “how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household.” (v15)
Chapter 4:
  • People will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits. Such teachings will come through hypocritical liars. And will come against things that God created to be good. (v1-5)
  • Pointing these out will make you a good minister of Christ Jesus (v6)
  • Train yourself to be godly. Physical training has some value, but godliness has value for all things. (v-7-8)
  • Teach these things. Don’t let others look down on you because you are young. Set an example in speech, life, love, faith, purity. Don’t neglect your gift (again, it’s a calling). (v11-14)
  • “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” (v15)

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