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1 Timothy 6:1-10 Inductive Bible Study Notes, Cross References, Outline, and Discussion Questions

Paraphrase and Cross References:


  1. All the slaves should honor their masters completely so that God’s name and our teachings will not be reproached.
  2. The slaves whose masters are believers should be disrespectful to them for this reason. Instead they must serve their masters even more because those who benefit from their service are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these things. (Colossians 3:22-4:1)
  3. If anyone supports a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,
  4. he is puffed up and understands nothing. He has a sick interest in controversial questions and arguments about words, from which come envy, strife, hurtful language, evil suspicions,
  5. and constant tension between depraved men who don’t know the truth and who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. (1 Tim 1:4-7)
  6. But godliness actually does bring great gain if contentment is practiced with it.
  7. We didn’t bring anything into the world and we cannot take anything out of it (Matt 6:19-21).
  8. As long as we have food and clothes, we should be content.
  9. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish, harmful desires which lead men into ruin and destruction.
  10. For the love of money is the source of all kinds of evil, and some who have desired it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (Proverbs 30:8-9, Php 4:11-13, 19, 1 Timothy 6:18-19 generous, 2 Cor 9:6-15, Mark 12:42-43)




I.                   Honor your masters (6:1-2)

a.      Honor all masters (6:1)

b.     Especially honor believing masters (6:2)

II.                Description of false teachers (6:3-5)

III.              Attitude towards money (6:6-10)

a.      Godliness with contentment is profitable (6:6)

b.     We should have an eternal perspective (6:7)

c.      We should be content with necessities (6:8)

d.     Greed is a dangerous temptation (6:9-10)




Slaves were told to honor their masters. How would this look if it was practiced?

Why does Paul tell them to do this?

We are not slaves, but can we make any application from this? (employee-boss relationship though not to same extent)

What is the false teachers’ attitude towards controversial questions?

Where do these kinds of questions lead?

What does the word “depraved” mean in verse 5? What does it signify about these false teachers’ spiritual condition? Are they simply believers who have some doctrine wrong?

So what kind of questions should we have as believers?

Can you think of any time in the Bible where a person is commended for pursuing money? What about where a person is condemned for loving money too much (young ruler, Elisha’s helper?, Achan)?

How does the Bible say we should use money? What is its purpose? (Luke 16:9 see also above verses on giving)

Who is commended for using it well? (widow, shrewd manager)

What should our attitude be towards money? Is this your attitude towards money? Why do you want to make more money be it through a better job, higher education, exams, going abroad to study, etc.?

Looking at verse 8, is their any situation in life where it might be OK to be discontent?

What kind of sins spring from a love of money?


Teaching Points


4. False teachers not only did not seek to avoid foolish and controversial questions. They sought them out and loved to debate them and their merits. This brings to mind groups that purposely examine everything from a worldly viewpoint and attempt to discover problems or inconsistencies in the Christian faith to argue about. We should focus on the Word and not make the Christian faith more complicated than it really is. Keep it simple and don’t let others lead is into fruitless debates and speculation.


5. The people who take such an interest in meaningless questions are depraved. That is their minds are empty and they have no spiritual capacity. They don’t know the truth and they don’t know what is really important. Therefore they follow lines of question that sound interesting or problematic, but have no real substance. They also believe that being godly can bring financial gain. Their motive for being godly is simply selfishness.


6. Godliness is actually very profitable for the true believer as long as we are content with what we have and not greedy. This “gain” is a spiritual gain. It is an inner satisfaction and self-sufficiency.


7. We can’t take anything with us when we leave the world, but we can send something ahead!


9-10. Greed and a love for money is a dangerous thing. It is a trap. It makes big promises of satisfaction, but leads to emptiness and destruction. Those who follow these desires will be cut to the heart with sorrows.




DEPRAVED: Morally corrupt, perverted



Freedom from anxiety or worry. The idea of contentment comes from a Greek word that means "independence" or "self-sufficiency." Arises from inner disposition. Sufficiency.


CONCEIT: A favorable and especially unduly high opinion of one's own abilities or worth.



Piety or reverence toward God (1 Tim 2:2). Godliness means more than religious profession and a godly conduct; it also means the reality and power of a vital union with God. It is the sum of religious virtues and duties, bringing to its possessor blessedness "for the present life and also for the life to come"


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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