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1 Timothy 5 By Warren W. Wiersbe
Instruction on how to minister to specific groups in the church The Older Members (5:1-2) No show of partiality Love and serve all people regardless of ages Church is a family Treat the older member like your mother and father, and the younger members like your brothers and sisters The Old Widows (5:3-10) God’s special care for the widows is a recurring theme Scriptural (Deut. 14:29; Ps. 94:6; Mal. 3:5)
Without human support ( 5a, 8, “desolate”) Relatives should care for them In their time, no pension, Social Security, retirement homes, etc. Still “Honor your father and mother” (Ex. 20:12, Eph.6:1-3) Unwilling to help his loved ones: “He is worse than an unbeliever (8) Missionary Love God by loving His people A believer with a faithful testimony (5b-7) We should care for the widows who are part of our fellowship (church)
We should do good unto all…especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal. 6:10) Should not be a self-indulgent person seeking pleasure A godly woman hopes in God and has a ministry of intercession of intercession and prayer Ungodly widow will be a problem to the church Must be blameless, or irreproachable At least 60 years old (9a) “taken into number”; to be enrolled and put on the list A good marriage record (9b) not a divorced woman
Witness of good works (10) “brought up children” Hospitality Common practice of washing guest’s feet “Relieved the afflicted” Ministry to the needy: feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, encouraging the sorrowing, etc. In turn, they helped care for the church if the church care for them The Younger Widows (11-16) Under 60 years of age Those should not be on the list cared for by the church
The reasons for refusing them (11-14a) They can get married and have children (I Cor. 7:39) Requirements for younger widows (14b-16) Guide the house; rulings the house (14) Good testimony silences the accusers Satan is always alert to destroy Christian home “Occasion” – base of the operations Principles of each family caring for the needs of its own family (16) Believers show love and concern and do all they can to help each other The Church Officers (17-25) Pastor’s relationship with any officer Paying the elders (17-18)
Elders: laymen who have other vocation and assist in the work of the Lord Two kinds: Ruling elder who supervises the work of congregation Gift of the Spirit: helps and governments (1 Cor. 12:28) Not dictatorial Not manager on business Teaching elder who teaches God’s Word on God’s call, Spirit’s equipping and the witness and work of the men themselves Ordained and set apart for the ministry (Acts 14:23, 20:17, 28, Titus 1:5) The local church needs both ruling and teaching Paid adequately Deut 25:4, 1 Cor. 9:7-14 Double honor (17)
Honor as in honorarium God’s plan to meet the needs of His servants Poor testimony if not meeting pastor’s need Pastor shouldn't minister simply to earn money (3:3) Negotiate Discipline the elders (19-21) Extremes; no discipline or evangelical policeman Disciplining the church members: Matt. 18:15-18, Rom. 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 5; 2 Cor 2:6-11; Gal. 6:1-3, 2 Thess. 3:6-16; 2 Tim. 2:23-26; Titus 3:10; 2 John 9-11 Disciplining of the church leaders Purpose: restoration, not revenge Save the offender, not drive him away Love and tenderness (Gal. 6:1-3) Restore: set the broken bone
Cautions Timothy is to be sure of the facts; have witnesses (19) Need support with witness if accuse against a pastor Rumor and suspicious are not adequate ground for discipline When an accusation is made, witnesses must be present Godly pastor has been defeated and some resigns from the ministry Timothy do everything openly and aboveboard (no secret) An officer should be rebuked if guilty and repent (20) 2 Cor. 2:6-11) Timothy obey the Word no matter what his personal feelings might be No prejudice or partiality
Selecting and ordaining the elders (22-25) Spiritual wisdom and guidance in selecting officers No new Christian or member Some sins are clearly seen or hidden (24) Some believers’ good works are clearly seen or not noticed (24) Carefully investigate the lives of potential leaders Partakers of leader’s sin if ordain No pastor or church member is perfect yet we continue to strive for perfection. The ministry of a local church rises and falls with its leadership Godly leadership leads to God’s blessing
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