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1 Timothy 1:1-11 Inductive Bible Study Notes, Cross References, Outline, and Discussion Questions


Paraphrase and Cross-references-


  1. I am Paul, commanded by God and Jesus, our hope, to be an apostle. (Review Paul)
  2. I write to you, Timothy. You are my true child in the faith. May God give you grace, mercy and peace. (Introduce Timothy deeper, 2 Tim 1:3-5, Acts 16:1-3, 1 Co 4:17, 1 Tim 4:12, mentioned 24 times in NT)
  3. Before I left Macedonia I urged you to stay at Ephesus and instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines.
  4. Also don’t waste time on myths and genealogies that go on and on. These bring about ridiculous speculation instead of furthering God’s administration through faith. (Titus 1:14, 3:9, 2 Tim 2:16)
  5. The goal of our teaching is to encourage believers to love from a pure heart, to have a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Co 13:13, James 1:26-27)
  6. Some men have turned away from this goal and have spent time engaging in empty discussion.
  7. They want to be teachers of the Law, but they do not understand what they are saying or confidently teaching(Luke 11:43, 46, 52).
  8. But we know that the Law is good, as long as it is used correctly (Romans 7:12),
  9. knowing that law is not made for righteous people, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for people who kill their parents, for murderers
  10.  and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liar and perjurers and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, (Matt 5:21-22, 27-30)
  11. according to the wonderful gospel of the blessed God, the gospel that has been entrusted to me.



I.                   Greetings (1-2)

II.                Warning against false doctrines (3-11)

a.      Timothy was to warn against it (3)

b.     Timothy was to avoid it (4)

c.      The real purpose of teaching (5)

d.     Some turned from the truth (6-7)

                                                              i.     The motivation for false teachers (8)

III.              The purpose of the law (9-11)


What do you know about Timothy?

What are some similarities between Timothy and us (young, non-Jew, teach others, male)?

Does this passage mean that doctrine is not important?

What are some examples of “strange” doctrine?

What is the real purpose of teaching others?

Is there any value in speculation about situations that will probably never happen?

What about something that might have happened, but we can’t possibly know if it did or not? (for example what Jesus did before His public ministry)

What is the purpose of the law?

Looking at this list of unrighteous persons, would you say you are righteous? (Matt 5:21-22, 27-30)

What applications can we make from this passage?


Key Verses


4. Timothy is encouraged to not waste time speculating about fruitless topics. He is to focus on things that will further God’s kingdom instead of feed his curiosity.


Guys can waste a lot of time speculating over things that are not important and can’t be validated. We have limited minds and we can’t hope to understand everything about God and His mysterious plans. We should dedicate ourselves to learning what He has revealed about Himself in Scripture, but not waste time speculating about things He hasn’t revealed. It is presumptuous to assume we should or can know all the mysteries of God. How much time do we spend on empty talk compared with meaningful, edifying, and up-building topics?


5. Timothy is encouraged to keep in mind the goal of his teaching. That is to instill love, a clean heart, and a sincere faith in his listeners.


We don’t teach just to build up knowledge or satisfy/stoke peoples’ curiosity. We shouldn’t be like the Athenean philosophers who wasted all their time pondering and discussing new things. Our goal is not head-knowledge; it is heart change.


Possible General Applications-


  1. Avoid fruitless speculations.
  2. Focus on engaging in up-building and meaningful conversations.
  3. Dedicate ourselves to learning right doctrine so that we won’t be deceived by false doctrine.
  4. Take a stand against erroneous beliefs.
  5. Make our teaching goal heart-change.


1 Timothy Notes Chapter by Chapter

1 Timothy 1:1-11 1 Timothy 1:12-20
1 Timothy 2
1 Timothy 3
1 Timothy 4:1-8
1 Timothy 4:9-16
1 Timothy 5:1-16
1 Timothy 5:17-25
1 Timothy 6:1-10 1 Timothy 6:11-21


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