Timothy, #4 Paul’s Personal Instructions to Timothy, 4:6 - 6:21
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Where we’ve been in Timothy: Lesson #1- Introduction to the Preacher Epistles Lesson #2- The Official Commission concerning Prayer & Women’s Roles Lesson #3- The Official Commission concerning Elders, Deacons, & Apostasy
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Where we’ve going in Timothy: Lesson #4- The more personal instructions Paul gives Timothy concerning both himself and his work. Tonight- Titus Next Sunday- 2Timothy
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Paul’s instructions were intended to benefit both: >Timothy, 4:6, 16a and >the Ephesian brethren, 4:16b. Chapter 4 seems to be more toward the philosophy and practice of preaching…. Whereas Chapters 5-6 seem to more toward how Timothy is to treat brethren and what is he is to require of them.
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 4:6-11 The Philosophy of Preaching: >sound proclamation yields good service, v.6a > 2Tim.4:2 &>healthy nourishment in the faith & doctrine, v.6b “learning to do, and doing to learn” FFA motto But certain things are to be avoided: >worldly fables, v.7a; see also 1:3-4 >over-emphasis on bodily, rather than godly, discipline, vv.7b-11
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 4:12-16 The Practice of Preaching: >v.12a- “let no one look down on your youthfulness” cf. Titus 2:15 Examples: “that was real good- for someone his age” “preach that again when you’ve lived as long as I have!” “see if you still think that way in 20 years” So, how do you prevent this?
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 4:12-16 The Practice of Preaching: >v.12b- be an example of those who believe in: speech conduct love faith purity cf. Titus 2:7-8
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 4:12-16 The Practice of Preaching: >v.13a- READ the BOOK! No tool the preacher/christian possesses can replace or supercede his knowledge of the BOOK! > 2Tim.3:15; Hosea 4:6 >v.13b- Exhort! >v.13c- Teach! Remember 3 E’s: (educate, encourage, not enforce)
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 4:12-16 The Practice of Preaching: >And Pay Attention, -to the Spirit, v.14 -to your Progress, v.15 -to Yourself, v.16 >Effective, Sound Preachers know 3 things well: 1. the Book 2. Themselves 3. People
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 5:1-2 How to Treat Brethren: Like Family! -like fathers, v.1a -like brothers, v.1b -like mothers, v.2a -like sisters, v.2b All in Purity, cf. 4:12 “But what about widows?”
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 5:3-16 How to Treat Widows: with honor, v.3; if…. >she has no family to care for her, vv.4,5a >she is faithful to God, v.5b >sixty years or older, v.9a >wife of one man, v.9b >she has been exemplary of a Christian woman, v.10 (cf. Acts 9:36ff)
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 5:3-16 How to Treat Widows: but refuse…. >younger widows, v.11-12 >idle gossips and busybodies, v.13 >those who have believing family, v.16
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 5:17-25 How to Treat Elders: worthy of double honor if… >they rule well, v.17a >they work hard at preaching/teaching, v.17b Why? v.18 Those who don’t rule well? >make sure, v.19 (cf.24-25) >rebuke before all, v.20 >without partiality, v.21 Because of this, v.22!
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 6:1-5 How to Treat Masters/Slaves: like brethren! >masters to be regarded with all honor so that God & doctrine may not be dishonored, v.1 >with respectful service, v.2. Anything else fails to measure up to sound doctrine! vv.3-5
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions Chapter 6:6-21 How to Treat the Rich: Educate them! Three classes/levels/degrees of the Rich: 1. Those not rich who never will be, v.5 2. Those who want to be rich, vv.6-10 from both of these, Timothy is instructed to flee & fight, vv.11-16 3. Those who are rich, vv.17-19
Timothy #4, Personal Instructions vv.20-21 Finally, Timothy is reminded to: >guard what has been “entrusted” to him >avoid the “worldly and empty chatter” of false knowledge >that he might not stray from the faith as others had/have done. Pretty good advice….. are YOU following it???