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1 Timothy 1:1-5 - Online Bible Study Lesson Plan

Paul Directs Timothy

Chapter 1:1-5

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,

2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. 5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

 

Key Words

·        Christ Jesus             3     

·        God                          3

·        Faith                         3     

·        Instruct (ion)          2

·        Apostle                    1      a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers of Barnabas of Timothy and Silvanus

·        Grace                       1      that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness      

·        Ephesus                   1     

·        Timothy                   1

Title(s)

Paul Directs Timothy

Accurate Doctrinal & Practical Instruction

Refute False Teaching

Outline

       I.             Salutation                                                    1-2

    II.            Refute False Doctrine                                  3-4        

 III.             Love is the Goal                                         5

          

Cross References, Questions, Observations

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,

2 Corinthians 1:1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout Achaia:

Titus 1:3

3 but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior,

1 Timothy 1:12

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,

Acts 14:14? But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out

Romans 16:7 ?Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

1 Cor 15:then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

2 Corinthians 12:12? The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.

1 Thess 2:6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. (they were Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy)

Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;

a)     What is an apostle?

(1) Read Acts 1:21-22; 10:39-41. In order to be one of the twelve, one had to have accompanied Jesus all the time that He went in and out among His disciples (i.e. from the baptism of John or thereabouts). This was important if the Apostle was to be qualified to be an eye and ear witness of Christ's resurrection and all that He did.

(2) Read Luke 6:12-13; Acts 1:23-26. There had to be a direct appointment by Jesus Christ if one was to be recognized as a capital "A" Apostle. This was underscored in the selection of Matthias where the final decision was left to the Lord in the drawing of the lots.

(3) Read Acts 1:1-8. A third qualification of a capital "A" Apostle was the reception of a supernatural endowment of the Holy Spirit, which was given for two closely-related purposes:

(a) To supernaturally enable them to be witnesses of Christ so that they inerrantly spoke the Word of God by divine inspiration along with individuals closely connected with them (like Mark and Luke) Read Matt. 10:5a; 18-20; Jn. 16:12-15. (Also cp. Jn. 14:25-26.)

(b) To enable them to back up their testimony with supernatural signs and wonders. Read Mt. 10:1; II Cor.. 12:11-12. These signs and wonders were connected with the Apostles because they supported their divinely inspired witness, even as new periods of divine revelation had been generally accompanied by such miraculous signs in past redemptive history (Moses, Elijah and Elisha, Daniel, etc.).

b)     1 Timothy 3 lists the qualifications for elders and deacons, but what were the qualifications of an apostle?

c)     Do we have apostles today? Why or why not?

d)     How did someone become an apostle?

e)     Why does this verse identify God as our Savior instead of Jesus?

f)      For what is Christ Jesus our hope?

g)     Why does the Bible sometimes refer to “Jesus Christ” and sometimes “Christ Jesus”?

1)     Paul was the author.

2)     It was by God’s command that Paul was an apostle. He wasn’t self appointed.

3)     Paul’s authority to give instructions to Timothy was twofold.

a.      He was an apostle.

b.      He was Timothy’s spiritual father.

4)     Christ is our one and only hope. Apart from Him, there is no hope.

2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 1:4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Romans 1:7

7 to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 1:2

2 To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

a)     How much authority should a spiritual father have over his child in the faith?

b)     Why say a “true child” rather that just a “child” in the faith? It likely refers to the genuineness of Timothy’s faith.

c)     How would you explain grace? …mercy? …peace?

1)     Paul used this standard greeting twelve times in his epistles. Sometimes only grace and peace were included. God’s mercy frees believers from the miserable consequences of sin.

3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,

Romans 15:26 For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem.

Acts 18:21 but taking leave of them and saying, “I will return to you again if God wills,” he set sail from Ephesus.

Acts 18:24 Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures.

Acts 19:1 It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples.

Acts 19:26 You see and hear that not only in Ephesus, but in almost all of Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away a considerable number of people, saying that gods made with hands are no gods at all.

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Revelation 2:1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: 2 ‘ I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. 6 Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

Deuteronomy 13:1-3

13 “ If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘ Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord your God is testing you to find out if you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Matthew 5:19

19 Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:15

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

a)     How much false teaching do you see in the church in China?

b)     Of all the churches you are familiar with, what percentage would you say have significant false teaching/doctrine?

1)     It’s interesting that Paul’s primary reason for having Timothy remain in Ephesus was not for the building up of the saints, but rather preventing false teaching.

4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.

Acts 6:4?But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

Colossians 4:2? Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;

1 Timothy 4:7 But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;

2 Timothy 4:4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

Titus 1:14 not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.

2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

a)     What’s the problem with discussing myths and genealogies?

b)     If genealogical discussion is counterproductive, why are there so many genealogical lists in the Bible?

1)     Discussion of these issues leads to speculations and disputes rather than furthering God’s work which is by faith.

5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

2 Timothy 2:22

22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

1 Timothy 1:19

19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.

1 Timothy 3:9

but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

2 Timothy 1:3

I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day,

1Pet 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

Acts 24:16 In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.

a)     What are some obstacles that threaten our goal of love?

b)     What are some other goals that Christians can mistakenly have?

c)     How can we pursue a pure heart? … a good conscience? … a sincere faith?

1)     It’s so easy to lose sight of the goal in ministry or anything else. Legalism is a constant threat.

2)     Paul contrasts their teaching with that of the false teachers.

Key Verse

5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Central Teaching

Paul instructs Timothy to prevent false teachers from guiding the church away from its correct goal of love.

Application

What is your application?

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