The theme of 1 Timothy is that the gospel leads to practical, visible change in the lives of those who believe it. It is often thought that the theme is church order, but the discussion of church offices is simply a piece of the larger argument that the true gospel, in contrast to false teaching, will always lead to godliness in its adherents.
Paul wrote 1st Timothy in order to advise his young coworker Timothy concerning issues that were arising at the church in Ephesus. When Paul left Timothy in Ephesus, he had specifically charged him to deal with some false teachers in the church. Since Paul was then separated from Timothy and the church, he wrote back to him with further instructions. He hoped to return for a visit but wrote in the meantime to address the way in which Christians should behave. Throughout the letter Paul grounds Christian behavior in the gospel.
The false teachers are the primary occasion for the letter. The letter as a whole is bracketed by discussion of the false teaching, and the positive instruction is crafted in direct contrast to the false teachers. The exact nature of the false teaching is unclear. It apparently involved speculation about the law and asceticism. Paul’s real concern is with the results of the false teaching—for example, promoting speculations, arrogance, and greed. Paul addresses the content of the false teaching only in passing but focuses on the fact that true Christianity is evidenced by lifestyles shaped by the gospel. Those whose lives are not shaped by the gospel show that they have turned away from the faith. First Timothy is a clear call for the church to live out in tangible ways the ethical implications of the gospel.
Warning Against False Teachers
Warning Against False Teachers Continued
Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners
Pray for All People
Instructions for Women
Instructions for Men
Qualifications for Overseers — (aka Elders, Pastors or Bishops)
Instructions for Men — Instructions for Women
Qualifications for Deacons — (aka Ministry Leaders, Administrators or Employed Church Staff) (aka, the worker bees)
The Mystery of Godliness
Some Will Depart from the Faith
A Good Servant of Christ Jesus - (first 3 chapter summation)
Instructions for the Church — (The body of Christ)
Instructions for the Church — (The body of Christ) — Continued
False Teachers and True Contentment
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
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