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1 Timothy 5:1-8 - Bible Lesson Plan for Small Groups

Relations Within the Church Family

Chapter 5:1-8

1 Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers,

2 the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.

3 Honor widows who are widows indeed;

4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

5 Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day.

6 But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives.

7 Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.

8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Tim 5:1-8

 

Key Words

·        5                                             WIDOW / WIDOWS

·        2                                                                    OLDER

·        2                                                                  INDEED

·        2                                                              YOUNGER

·        2                                                                  WOMEN

·        1                                                                         MEN

·        1                                                          CONTINUES

·        1                                                         ENTREATIES

·        1                                                               PRAYERS

·        1                                                            PRESCRIBE

·        1                                                                     THESE

·        1                                                                   THINGS

·        1                                                                PROVIDE

·        1                                                         ESPECIALLY

·        1                                                         HOUSEHOLD

·        1                                                                      FAITH

·                                                                                           

Title(s)

Relations Within the Church Family

Outline

       I.             Treatment of Men                                                                                   1

A.     Older men as fathers

B.      Younger men as brothers

    II.            Treatment of Women                                                                               2

A.    Older women

B.     Younger women

 III.            Treatment of Widows                                                                          3-6

A.    Honor them

B.     Qualifications

 IV.            Paul Encourages Timothy to Diligently Teach these Principles       7

    V.            Providing for One’s Own Household                                                    8

Cross References, Questions, Observations

1       Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers,

·        Sharply rebuke epiple»sso» - o strike upon, beat upon to chastise with words, to chide, upbraid, rebuke

·        Appeal parakaleo» - to call to one's side, call for, summon to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc. to admonish, exhort to beg, entreat, beseech to strive to appease by entreaty to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort to receive consolation, be comforted to encourage, strengthen exhorting and comforting and encouraging to instruct, teach

·        Older man presbuteros - elder, of age, the elder of two people advanced in life, an elder, a senior forefathers a term of rank or office among the Jews members of the great council or Sanhedrin (because in early times the rulers of the people, judges, etc., were selected from elderly men) of those who in separate cities managed public affairs and administered justice among the Christians, those who presided over the assemblies (or churches) The NT uses the term bishop, elders, and presbyters interchangeably the twenty four members of the heavenly Sanhedrin or court seated on thrones around the throne of God

·        Younger men neos, neo»teros - recently born, young, youthful new 

19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.

20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.

1 Tim 5:19-20

1 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

Gal 6:1

24 The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,

25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,

Tim 2:24-25

9 yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you—since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus—

10 I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,

Philem 1:9-10

15 " If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.

16 "But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED.

17 "If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Matt 18:15-17

6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible;

Titus 2:6

a)     Why might the instruction not to rebuke an older man be given? Respect

b)     What is the age of an older man?

c)     What is the age of a younger man?

d)     What is the age of an older woman?

e)     What is the age of a younger woman?

f)      How do you appeal to a father?

1)      

2       the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.

·        Older women presbuteros - elder, of age, the elder of two people advanced in life, an elder, a senior forefathers a term of rank or office among the Jews members of the great council or Sanhedrin (because in early times the rulers of the people,  judges, etc., were selected from elderly men) of those who in separate cities managed public affairs and administered justice among the Christians, those who presided over the assemblies (or churches) The NT uses the term bishop, elders, and presbyters interchangeably the twenty four members of the heavenly Sanhedrin or court seated on thrones around the throne of God

·        Younger neos, neo»teros - recently born, young, youthful new

·        Women presbuteros - elder, of age, the elder of two people advanced in life, an elder, a senior forefathers a term of rank or office among the Jews members of the great council or Sanhedrin (because in early times the rulers of the people, judges, etc., were selected from elderly men) of those who in separate cities managed public affairs and administered justice among the Christians, those who presided over the assemblies (or churches) The NT uses the term bishop, elders, and presbyters interchangeably the twenty four members of the heavenly Sanhedrin or court seated on thrones around the throne of God

50 "For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother."

Matt 12:50

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.

1 Tim 4:12

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

Phil 4:8

a)      

1)      

3       Honor widows who are widows indeed;

·        Widow che»ra - a widow metaph. a city stripped of its inhabitants and riches is represented under the figure of a widow

·        Indeed onto»s - truly, in reality, in point of fact, as opp. to what is pretended, fictitious, false, conjectural that which is truly etc., that which is indeed

27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

James 1:27

5 A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.

Psalms 68:5

9 A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,

10 having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.

1 Tim 5:9-10

18 "He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.

Deut 10:18

9 The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.

Psalms 146:9

a)     How can you show honor to a widow indeed?

1)      

4       but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

·        Practice piety eusebeo» - to act piously or reverently towards God, one's country, magistrates, relations, and all to whom dutiful regard or reverence is due

4 "For God said, ' HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,' and, ' HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.'

Matt 15:4

14 Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I  do not seek what is yours, but  you; for  children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but  parents for their children.

2 Cor 12:14

a)     What does this teach us about widows with children, and/or grandchildren?

b)     Often when people become elderly, they can no longer care for themselves. There are several possible entities to care for them. Discuss the role of each one.

o The government

o Extended family

o The church

1)     The most economical and practical care for an elderly person is by their family.

2)      

5       Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day.

·         

1 Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food.

Acts 6:1

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.

Luke 2:36-37

a)     Let’s name all the widows indeed that we know.

b)     In what ways can a widow indeed be a blessing to God’s family?

1)      

6       But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives.

·         

13 Instead, there is gaiety and gladness, Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep, Eating of meat and drinking of wine: " Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die."

Isaiah 22:13

19 ~'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry."'

Luke 12:19

5 You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

James 5:5

24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate.

Luke 15:24

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,

Eph 2:1

a)      

1)     In this latter stage of life, as in all others, one can be a burden or one can be a blessing.

7       Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.

·         

11 Prescribe and teach these things.

1 Tim 4:11

5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,

6 namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.

7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,

Titus 1:5-7

a)     Whom is Paul saying may be above reproach – the caregiver or the widow indeed?

1)      

8       But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

·         

30 "For you had little before I came and it has increased to a multitude, and the Lord has blessed you wherever I turned. But now, when shall I provide for my own household also?"

Gen 30:30

16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

Titus 1:16

10 So then,  while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the  household of  the faith.

Gal 6:10

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean."

70 But he denied it before them all, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about."

71 When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and *said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."

72 And again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man."

73 A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives you away."

74 Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know the man!" And immediately a rooster crowed.

Matt 26:69-74

a)     Is this addressed to husbands and fathers only or to wives and women too?

b)     How does not providing for one’s own deny the faith?

c)     How does that make him worse than an unbeliever?

1)      

Key Verse

8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Central Teaching

God places such a high priority on His children properly relating with one another that He equates a failure to do so with a denial of one’s faith.

Application

What application should you make from this passage?

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