1 Timothy Chapter 5

August 8, 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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1 Timothy 5:1-25 (NIV)
1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame. 8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. 11 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. 13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to. 14 So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan. 16 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need. 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning. 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 24 The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.

1 Timothy 5:1-3

In the church, we should treat each other like part of a family. Particularly those is leadership need to treat people in the church this way. Male leaders in the church should always treat women as family members to avoid improper attitudes and make sure to protect them and help them grow spiritually. This trust should not be taken lightly. Honor and respect are so important in our church relationships.

1 Timothy 5:3-16

These verses are all about how widows are to be provided for. At this time there was no social security, no pension plans, no life insurance, so the care of widows was a major concern for the church. Paul says that if a widow has children and family, they are to provide for her. If she has no one, then the church had a system in place where widows of certain qualifications would serve the church and the church would help to take care of them. These widows were “put on the list for support,” meaning that they had taken a vow committing themselves to work for the church in exchange for financial support. Paul lists a few qualifications for these church workers: These widows should be at least 60 years old, should have been faithful to their husbands, and should be well known for their kind deeds. Younger widows should not be included in this group because they might desire to marry again and thus have to break their pledge.

1 Timothy 5-17-18

Preaching and teaching are closely related. Preaching is proclaiming the Word of God and confronting listeners with the truth of Scripture. Teaching is explaining the truth in Scripture, helping learners understand difficult passages, and helping them apply God’s Word to daily life.

I think that one of the ways you can appreciate the pastors and teachers in your church is to make a decision to pray for them. Really pray for them. Pray for their safety, for wisdom, for blessing, for their families, for peace, for rest, for strength, etc. Make this prayer a priority in your life.

1 Timothy 5:19-21

Church leaders need this prayer because they are not exempt from sin, faults, and mistakes. But they are often criticized for the wrong reasons—minor imperfections, failure to meet someone’s expectations, personality clashes.

Paul said that accusations should not even be heard unless two or three witnesses confirm them. Sometimes church leaders should be confronted about their behavior, and sometimes they should be rebuked. But all rebuking must be done fairly and lovingly and for the purpose of restoration.

The spiritual health of a church is related to the spiritual health of its leaders. Again, the best thing to do is pray for your leaders.

1 Timothy 5:22-25

Church leaders should not be chosen hastily, so that major problems are not overlooked.

People often wonder about Paul telling Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach. It is believed that Timothy’s stomach problems were probably related to bad water, which was a common problem of the time. The alcohol in the wine would help make the water safer to drink. It was a fairly normal practice to add a little wine to the water you drank for this reason.

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