1 Timothy Chapter 3

July 25, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 1 Timothy. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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This chapter talks about the standards that leaders of the church are to try and live by. In essence, the leaders of the church should have great respect for the truth that is reflected in their beliefs and how they live. They need to be people of integrity. I like to define integrity as “your life matching what you say you believe”. The reality is that all believers should attempt to live by these ideals because they are consistent with the way that God says we are to live.

1 Timothy 3:1-16 (NIV)
1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. 11 In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. 12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:1-15

Being a church leader should never be taken lightly. The church belongs to the living God! The church is His church. The word “elder” can mean pastor, church leader, or overseer.

The husband of but one wife means just that. Faithful to his spouse and have only one. Leaders in the church are not to be promiscuous or polygamists.

It is extremely important that people in church leadership do not neglect their families. The family of the church leader is a primary responsibility. I read stories all the time about pastors who in their older years look back with sadness on the time they sacrificed with their families in the drivenness of their ministry.

New believers should be able to serve, but not in positions of leadership until they have had time to grow in the faith. Before stepping into roles of church leadership, there needs to be a solid Christian lifestyle and a knowledge of the Bible.

We need to be aware of how quickly we move into pride. Pride and conceit are more tricks and traps of the evil one. Church leaders must minister out of a place of humility. We are all broken people, in desperate need of savior.

As Christians, we need to do our best to have good reputations in the community. We need to be who love well, not considered as mean, judgmental, etc.

The word deacon or deaconess means, “one who serves”. This position in the church was established by the Apostles in Acts 6:1-4:

Acts 6:1-4 (NIV)
1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

1 Timothy 3:16

I Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

This verse is actually a short hymn in which Paul affirms the humanity and divinity of Jesus. He is talking about the heart of the good news. Jesus becoming a man (incarnation) is the basis for our being made right with God, Being vindicated by the Spirit speaks of the power of the Holy Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead, and that He was seen by angles and taken to heaven demonstrates that He is divine.

As a man, Jesus lived a perfect life, and so he is a perfect example of how we are to live. Jesus is a model for life and ministry, He is humanity as it was intended to be. As God, Jesus gives us the power to do what is right. To live by doing the next right thing.

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