1 Timothy Chapter 6

August 15, 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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Teaching and learning are the major theme of the letters to Timothy and Titus. Each letter contains instructions on the communication not just of Bible truths, but of life in Christ.

1 Timothy 6:1-21 (NIV)
1 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them. 3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.

1 Timothy 6:1-2

Slaves and masters who were believers need to have respect for one another. The concept of slavery as we understand it is horrific. It is the entrapment and enslavement of a people by another group of people. It is demeaning and demonic and unfortunately still exists all over the world today. A glowing example would be the sex trade industry which is enslaving people all over the world for the sick and perverse needs of the people who are willing to exploit them. At the time of Paul’s writing, slavery was different. It was often a way of repaying a debt, and was for a fixed period of time. In exchange for labor, slaves were given food and shelter. Of course, even then there were abuses. But as believers, the relationship between slaves and masters needed to change accordingly.

We can apply this concept into the employee and employer relationship today. Employees should work hard, showing respect for their employers. In turn, employers should be fair. Our work should reflect our faithfulness to and love for Christ.

1 Timothy 6:3-5

Paul warns Timothy to stay away from people who just want to argue.

1 Timothy 6:6

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

This concept is extremely important in our spiritual growth and in our ability to enjoy the full and abundant life we have in Jesus.

We should make God our focus and be content with what He is doing in our lives.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

1 Timothy 6:7-10

Amazingly, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, most people still believe that money brings happiness. How do we put this life stealing lie of the enemy to rest?

v7 – Realize that one day all riches will be gone

v8 – Be content with what you have (Be thankful for what you have not consumed by what you don’t have)

v9 – Be aware of what lengths you will go to get more money

v11 – Love people more than money (Don’t sacrifice your relationships for money)

v18 – Be willing to share what you have

There is a proverb for that:

Proverbs 30:7-9 (NIV)
7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

1 Timothy 6:11-16

Paul uses some great verbs to describe the Christian life. Run, pursue, fight, hold tightly. As believers we are to have an active faith. This active faith requires believers to train, sacrifice, work hard and live by doing the next right thing. Being a disciple requires discipline.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

The church in Ephesus had many wealthy believers. Paul instructed Timothy to teach them that having riches carries great responsibility. If you have been blessed with wealth, then thank the Lord. Don’t be proud and don’t trust in your money. Use your money to do good. Be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share. No matter how much money you have, your life should demonstrate that God controls the wealth that he has placed under your care.

1 Timothy 6:20-21

Paul ends the letter by telling the church leaders to deal lovingly and fairly with everyone in the church. The most important thing in the life of the church is knowing God and living out our lives for Him and His kingdom.

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