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A Quick Biography of Timothy

Raised in Lystra (Acts 16:1–5), “from childhood,” Timothy had “been acquainted with the sacred writings” (2 Tim 3:15), thanks to his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice who had “a faith that dwelt first” in them (2 Tim 1:5). Eunice was “a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek” (Acts […]

How to Read Scripture Out Loud in a Service: One Pastor’s Advice

Timothy was sent by Paul to preside over the church in Ephesus and restore it to order in light of a problem with its elders (cf. 1 Tim 1:3–5). In doing so, his attention to the weekly assembly was to ensure the presence of several components, three of which are mentioned in 1 Timothy 4:13. […]

The Conduct and Confession of the Church

One of the first sermons I preached at my church was entitled “The Conduct and Confession of the Church,” a sermon from 1 Timothy 3:14–16. This post is a simple summary of that sermon. Paul emphasizes the conduct of the church in 1 Timothy 3:14–16a. This conduct is noted in his statement that specifies his purpose for writing […]

Elders, Deacons, and Congregation – A Biblical Understanding of Congregational Church Governement

We  recently went through 1 Timothy 3:1-13 during Sunday mornings at my church, and Kevin Bauder has been writing some articles on church government that I found helpful in my preparation for each Sunday. Click the titles below for each article. Did They Vote? Who Selected Elders? Elders Rule! But Congregations Decide

False Teachers, Heresy, and Women in 1 Timothy

A recurring theme in 1 and 2 Timothy is how false teachers and their heresies affected women. We see this theme come up in at least three ways. First, some women disdained marriage and refused to remarry (1 Tim 5:14–15). This disdain for remarriage likely stemmed from false teachers’ heresy of forbidding marriage (1 Tim […]

Do You Really Want to Be a Pastor? (part 1)

I am presently preaching a series through 1 Timothy at my church, and I have thought quite a bit about one of the passages I will be preaching through in a few weeks, 1 Timothy 3:1–7. Actually, I’ve thought quite a bit about one verse in particular, 1 Timothy 3:1: “The saying is trustworthy: If […]

How to Pray for Unbelievers (part 3 of 3)

See part 1 and part 2. Many miss the salvation emphasis in Paul’s command and see 1 Timothy 2:1–2 as a general command to pray for our civil leaders. While we should certainly pray for these men and women, the grammar and context indicate that we pray for them with respect to their role as […]

How to Pray for Unbelievers (Part 2 of 3)

How should we pray for unbelievers? We have already seen that the context surrounding 1 Timothy 2:1–2 implies that this passage’s command to pray is a command to pray for the salvation of all people. So, now the question is, how does 1 Timothy 2:1–2 tell us how to go about praying for the salvation […]

1 Timothy and the Gospel (Part 2 of 3)

Last week I surveyed 1 Timothy 1–2 for how Paul weaves the gospel into his first letter to Timothy. This week is a brief look at the gospel in 1 Timothy 3–4.  1 Timothy 3 Paul addresses a number of topics in 1 Timothy 2–3 that involved how to worship when the church is gathered […]

How to Pray for Unbelievers (Part 1)

How should we pray for unbelievers? 1 Timothy 2:1–2 helps answer this question, but first we have to figure out how 1 Timothy 2:1–2 helps answer this question. 1 Timothy 2:1–2 (ESV) (1) First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, (2) for kings and all who are […]