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1 Timothy 4:11-16 - Bible Lesson Plan for Small Groups

 Exhortations in Lifestyle and Ministry

Chapter 4:11-16

11 Prescribe and teach these things.

12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.

14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.

15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

1 Tim 4:11-16

Key Words

·         11                               YOU / YOUR / YOURSELF

·         3                                           TEACHING / TEACH

·         3                                                    THESE THINGS

·         2                                                          ATTENTION

·         1                                                             EXAMPLE

·         1                                                           PRESCRIBE

·         1                                                 YOUTHFULNESS

·         1                                                   EXHORTATION

·         1                                                                     PAINS

·         1                                                           ABSORBED

·         1                                                          PERSEVERE

·                                                                                           

Title(s)

Exhortations in Lifestyle and Ministry

Outline

       I.            Teach these things                                                   11

    II.            Model these things                                                  12

 III.            Be Devoted to these things                               13-16

Before we start looking at the individual verses, lets consider Paul’s directives to Timothy.

Cross References, Questions, Observations

11   Prescribe and teach these things.

·        Prescribeparaggello¯ - to transmit a message along from one to another, to declare, announce to command, order, charge                                   

2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

2 Tim 4:2

15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Titus 2:15

8 This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.

Titus 3:8

a)      What things was Paul instructing Timothy to teach?

o False teachers

o Apostasy

o Discipline

o Godliness

o Labor and striving

o Our hope

1)      Accurate, practical, motivating teaching is rare, but very valuable.

12   Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

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10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to be afraid, for he is doing the Lord's work, as I also am.

11 So let no one despise him. But send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brethren.

1 Cor 16:10-11

15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

2 Tim 2:15

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

2 Tim 2:22

6 You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

1 Thess 1:6

22 Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

1 Tim 5:22

9 For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers;

1 Thess 2:9-10

7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,

8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you;

9 not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.

2 Thess 3:7-9

7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,

8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

Titus 2:7-8

a)      What is the very best teaching method?

o 14 "If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.

15 "For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.

John 13:14-15

o 1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples,

2 saying: " The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;

3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.

4 " They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.

Matt 23:1-4

1)      Immaturity, not youthfulness is the biblical basis for not too quickly setting up someone to be a leader.

13   Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.

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3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Rev 1:3

2 Then Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly of men, women and all who could listen with understanding, on the first day of the seventh month.

3 He read from it before the square which was in front of the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of men and women, those who could understand; and all the people were attentive to the book of the law.

Neh 8:2-3

5 Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.

Neh 8:5

a)      What do people sometimes look to as the basis for truth?

o Worldly philosophies

o Science

o Their own insights

o Culture & traditions

1)      The Word of God is the fundamental truth and should therefore always be given priority.

14   Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.

·        Prophetic Utterance prophe¯teia - prophecy a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God, whether by reproving and admonishing the wicked, or comforting the afflicted, or revealing things hidden

·        Presbyterypresbuterion - body of elders, presbytery, senate, council of the Jewish elders of the elders of any body (assembly) of Christians

6 For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

2 Tim 1:6

11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

1 Co 12:11

9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:9-11

12 So He said, " A nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.

13 "And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.'

14 "But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.'

15 "When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might know what business they had done.

16 "The first appeared, saying, ' Master, your mina has made ten minas more.'

17 "And he said to him, 'Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.'

18 "The second came, saying, 'Your mina, master, has made five minas.'

19 "And he said to him also, 'And you are to be over five cities.'

20 "Another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief;

21 for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.'

22 "He *said to him, ' By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?

23 ~'Then why did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest?'

24 "Then he said to the bystanders, 'Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.'

25 "And they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas already.'

26 " I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.

Luke 19:12-26

6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;

7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;

8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:6-8

a)      Do you have a spiritual gift?

b)      What is it?

c)      If you don’t know what your spiritual gift is, how can you discover it?

1)       

15   Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

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97 O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Psalms 119:97

1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psalms 1:1-3

4 "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."

Acts 6:4

a)      What are some practical steps we can take to follow this exhortation?

b)      Why did Paul want Timothy’s progress to be know by all?

1)       

16   Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

·        Ensure salvation so¯zo¯ - to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction one (from injury or peril) to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health to preserve one who is in danger of destruction,

28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Acts 20:28

16 "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

17 "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

Matt 7:16-17

13 " But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

Matt 24:13

38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,

39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

34 " Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;

Luke 21:34

28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

Acts 20:28

17 Say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."

Col 4:17

1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:

2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

2 Tim 4:1-2

12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;

Phil 2:12

19 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back,

20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

James 5:19-20

22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting;

23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.

Jude 1:22-23

1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,

2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

1 Cor 15:1-2

a)      What does it mean that you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you?

o That perseverance accompanies and demonstrates salvation.

o That in a secondary sense we these actions result in salvation.

o That the salvation here is not from damnation, but from the false doctrine Paul speaks of earlier in the chapter.

1)       

Key Verse

16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

Central Teaching

Devotion to personal godliness and diligence in teaching are essential to a fruitful ministry.

Application

What application should you make from this passage?

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