Following prayer,would the head of the family read the message, having family members read the Scriptures, and then discuss what the message means to you.
1 Timothy Message 6
A. Introduction of the Epistle 1:1-2
B. Charges to Timothy 1 Timothy 1:3 – 6:21a
When he knew he had the presence of God providing him with grace, mercy, and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ, Timothy was to make a –
1. Commitment to right Doctrine 1:3-20
This morning we will learn of Timothy and –
e. The resolve to be faithful. 1 Timothy 1:18-20
Paul, through Apostolic authority, commanded Timothy to commit himself to know the truth of God, obey the truth, and preach the truth to others. Timothy labored in preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Paul, Silas, Luke, Titus, and others. Timothy worked with them in the city of Thessalonica and learned those things that he needed to apply in his ministry as Pastor in Ephesus. Paul reminded the Thessalonians of that ministry in his letter to them as recorded in –
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
Timothy had learned from the missionaries that there were to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the prophets, the apostles, and all the preachers of the Word of God.
Listen to the admonition to the prophet Isaiah –
Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
And to the pastor Titus –
Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee…”
It was time for Timothy to take the lead and he was –
1). Exhorted to action. 1:18a “This charge I commit unto thee…”
Do we remember –
a). The charge
(1). This is what Timothy was to do –
1 Timothy 1:3-4 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
(2). This is how Timothy was to do it –
1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
Once he understood what he was to do and how he was to do it, we note –
b). The commitment. 1:4 “…so do…”
Timothy had been exhorted to act “This charge I commit unto thee..”
Timothy had to decide if he would obey the Lord in accomplishing this work. What do you think you would do if you were in Timothy’s place? Men had been teaching false doctrine and the people had been listening to them. Timothy was to go to these men and in the presence of the people, command them to stop teaching because the their messages were not true and to begin listening to the truth of God’s Word.
Timothy was no stranger to preaching doctrine and setting things in order in various churches. We know that Paul had sent him to help churches on a number of occasions –
In Corinth – For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
In Thessalonica – And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
In Philippi – But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
But in Ephesus, as the pastor, he was going against false teachers that had gained the confidence of some of the people.
Let’s look at some of the things that Timothy may have thought about –
(1). He was not from the city of Ephesus.
Often local citizens do not take kindly to ‘foreign interference’.
(2). He seems to have been younger than those he was leading..
1Ti 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth…”
(3). He was having some physical problems. “…thine often infirmities…”
Timothy needed to overcome his personal concerns and take courage in the Lord, understanding that he had been –
2). Equipped to serve 1:18b “…according to the prophecies which went before thee, that by them thou mightiest war a good warfare.”
Timothy was not serving the Lord according to his own power and worldly wisdom. He had been chosen by God to be a faithful servant, a soldier of the King of Kings. Paul and Silas saw Timothy’s love for God, knowledge of His Word, and desire to serve Him. His faith in God had been well reported of by those who knew him best in his home area –
Acts 16:2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
Paul and Silas were encouraged by the people’s testimony of Timothy, and seeing his faith, set him apart to join them in the missionary work.
Timothy was willing to serve the Lord and had learned how to prepare himself daily through the instruction of Paul. He would certainly know of Paul’s instruction for the preparation of spiritual battle –
Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Timothy was to follow this same instruction to strengthen him in his work in this church.
Leaders are instructed through this portion of Scripture to trust God, know the Word of God, and be bold in declaring the truth in word and in life. We should remember the words of Paul as recorded in –
2 Corinthians 4:5-6 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Our message is the declared Gospel of Jesus Christ and
Our message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ working in our lives.
Timothy was to preach the Word and to live the Word that people may see how God works in our lives.
Will you, as a leader, declare the Truth and live out the Truth in your life?
Also, you may say that you are not a leader in the church so what does the message have to do with you? In answer we look –
First, you are leading, influencing someone. Someone is watching you and learning either good or bad. You have the responsibility to be a good influence.
Second, you learn from this message the responsibility that the leader of the church must accept. He is accountable to the Lord for how he leads God’s people, how he leads you. He needs your prayer and your encouragement. How often do you pray for your pastor or other leaders in your church? Will you determine to pray for him daily?
Let me ask you a question today if you are not saved, not a child of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ –
Do you see how serious God is about His business. God has established His church to carry out His will. Jesus commanded the church “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”. We are to tell you that you need to be saved.
John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
If you have not come to God through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are still condemned to Hell forever, separated from God for all of eternity.
To die and go to Hell, all you have to do is nothing. You are already condemned.
To go to Heaven to spend eternity with God, you must admit that you are sinful, condemned and separated from God, ask Him to forgive you in faith believing that Jesus Christ died in your place, paid for your sin – taking it upon Himself, was buried for three days, and then on the third day, rose up alive from the dead and went back to Heaven, making all of those that trust in Him accepted by God.
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Will you pray to Him, asking for salvation today?