NTB-15-1TIM-1 - A Study of 1 Timothy 1 (Part 1)
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“1 Timothy: Lesson 1”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
To the young evangelist Timothy Paul said, “This is a faithful saying
and worthy of all acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save
sinners of whom I am chief,” 1 Timothy 1:15.
Welcome to our study of 1 Timothy. Timothy is a young evangelist
who has been placed in the town of Ephesus to preach the gospel and to
build up the Lord's church. Paul is writing to encourage Timothy along the
lines of faithfulness to God and continuing in the doctrine of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy is all about church conduct. Unlike some books Timothy,
Paul comes right out in 1 Timothy and tells us exactly why he is writing.
The key verse and the thematic statement is found in 1 Timothy 3:14-15.
Notice this with me what the Scripture says. “These things I write to you
though I hope to come to you shortly, but if I am delayed I write so that you
may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is
the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth.”
What's Timothy all about? Paul says, ‘I'm writing these things to you
so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of
God, which is church a living God pillar and ground of truth.’ What's 1
Timothy all about? It's about church conduct. Now we think of church
conduct, we’re not just talking about in worship. The church meets together
and remembers the Lord's death every first day of the week, Acts 20:7, 1
Corinthians 11:20-21- but we’re more than just the church when we
assembled together. Our conduct as members of the church of Christ ought
to be exemplary everywhere we go. For example in the assembly we are
the Lords body and the Lord's people, but out of the assembly we’re also
Christians and our conduct reflects on the Lord's church. 1 Corinthians
12:27 following Paul said, “You are members of the body of Christ. You are
the body of Christ and members individually one of another.” Paul talks
about, in the book of 1 Timothy, some things related to daily Christian
The work of the church is an important part of church life. Paul
discusses evangelism, and he will discuss the helping the widows and
Paul discusses in 1 Timothy 3 that the church is to be organized.
Christ is the head, and then you’ve got elders who are overseers who meet
those qualifications, and deacons who serve the congregation working
under the elders as official servants. In every way of our life, as worship
goes, as I live my Christian life, as we work in the church- the church is
organized. Paul writes to encourage proper church conduct.
Now again that does relate to worship. I can remember and maybe
you can as well, maybe a time when you were a youngster and you had to
learn how to behave in worship. Maybe like me you got thumped on the
back of the head a time or two. Maybe somebody had to take you out and
teach you the right way to worship. It does relate to that, but that's not all
church conduct is.
In every facet and part of my life, I represent the Lord's church. If
you’re child of God you do as well, and thus our conduct must be of the
Now let's talk for just a moment by way of review and give some key
ideas maybe per chapter and key thoughts throughout the book that will
introduce 1 Timothy to us in a very vivid way. We've already mentioned it’s
one of the great statements in 1 Timothy that is so practical and relevant to
all of us is 1 Timothy 1:15. Paul says, “This is a faithful saying and worthy
of all acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of
whom I am chief.” Why did Paul feel like chief or top of all sinners? Paul
had done some things he was no doubt very regretful for. He was there
when Stephen was stoned holding the coats. In Acts chapter 8 Paul is
wreaking havoc on the church. He's dragging men and women into prison.
Acts chapter 9 he has official documents giving him authority to keep
persecuting the church. He had done horrible things. He’d done things he
was regretful of and shameful for, and yet because of that Paul said “I am
chief of sinners.” Can't we all relate to Paul? I've sinned. You have sinned.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23, “There is
none righteous no not one.” It's because of those sins that we've committed
that Jesus went to the cross. He was bruised for our iniquities. The
chastisement of our peace was upon Him. By His stripes we are healed. He
had to suffer and die because of my sin and your sin. On a personal
practical level we’re all reminded of our sinful actions and our need for
Jesus Christ in our life.
The good news is 1 Timothy 2:4, another very vivid passage, “God
wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.” Yes, we
all feel the sting of sin, 1 Corinthians 15:55 following, but God wants men
not to stay in that state and not to be lost forever but to go to heaven.
When I think about God's desire, here you see the great love of God.
“God so loved the world He gave.” Gave what? “His only begotten son that
whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God
wants all men to be saved so much so that Jesus tasted death for every
man, Hebrews 2:9-10. Jesus is the propitiation for our sins not for ours
alone for the sins of the whole world, 1 John 2:1-2. When I think about
Jesus and God's desire for all men to be saved, I can't help but think about
the beautiful words of Matthew 11:28. Here's the invitation of Jesus, “Come
unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I'll give you rest.” What
does Jesus want? Jesus wants all men to come to Him, to know His
salvation, to see His love, grace, mercy, and have freedom from sin and
Now it is the church's job to be that pillar of truth which sends out the
message and stands up for what's right. In 1 Timothy 3:14-15 along with
that thematic statement Paul says, “I'm writing these things to you, yes I
want to come you shortly but if I'm delayed, now writing to you so that you
may know how you conduct yourself in the house of God which is the
church of the living God,” now notice this, “the pillar and ground of the
truth.” The church ought to be a foundation, landmark standing up for truth.
It should be where all men can go to, know about it, and know that God's
truth is going to be exhibited and shown clearly from that place. This not
only illustrates the work the church ought to do, but it illustrates the power
of truth. John 8:32 Jesus said “You will know the truth and the truth will
make you free.” What is that truth? “Sanctify them by your truth, your word
is truth,” John 17:17. Ephesians 3:10-11 combines that idea of the truth
with the church of the Lord Jesus Christ when it says that God's eternal
purpose for princes and principalities was that the church should make
God's message known. Its purpose is to proclaim God's truth to all nations.
Matthew 9:36-38 is a very tender scene. Jesus looked down upon the
multitudes, of like sheep without a shepherd. He had compassion on them,
and then He said to His disciples “Truly the harvest is plentiful, but the
laborers are few. Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His
fields.” The church has responsibility to preach the word be instant in
season and out of season, 2 Timothy 4:2. The church has the responsibility
to speak as the oracles of God, 1 Peter 4:11. What God says we ought to
say in love. Preach the truth in love, Ephesians 4:15. Remember in
preaching the truth in love, you never become somebody's enemy.
Galatians 4:16 Paul asked a rhetorical question, “Have I become your
enemy because I tell the truth?” No, you never become somebody's enemy
by teaching or speaking the truth of God's word and God's will.
Now another lesson that we learn from 1 Timothy is that we all should
be first and foremost concerned with saving ourselves and others. Notice 1
Timothy 4:16. As we think about the church, me and you us Christians as
the pillar of truth, I'm concern first with my own soul- then with the souls of
others. 1 Timothy 4:16 says “Take heed to yourselves,” speaking to
Timothy, “into the doctrine continue in them for in doing this you will save
both yourself and all those who hear you.” Why is it that I've got to stay
close to the truth, live my life by the truth, and do what God wants? Friends
it's so important because the truth is what has the power to save. My
number one priority and this is not selfish this is the responsibility I have, is
my own soul. Mark 8:36-37 Jesus asked, “What will it profit a man the gains
the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in
exchange for his soul?” Friend my soul is the most important thing that I
have. My top priority is to make sure first that I take heed to myself, that I'm
careful, that I'm watchful, and making sure that I'm living like ought to. Then
we also can focus on saving all those who hear and see our life. Luke
19:10 Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He said to Christians who
were first concerned about themselves, ‘Go into all the world preach the
gospel unto every creature.” Like in Ezekiel 33 my responsibility is to sound
out the warning that's all I can do. Spread the seed, Luke chapter 8. Say
what God has said. Tell of His grace and His mercy and love. Then people
who have a good and honest heart will hear that message and want to do
exactly what God says.
Now another blockbuster passage from 1 Timothy teaches us along
the same lines about the purity of life that we ought to have as Christians.
Notice 1 Timothy 5:22 the Scripture says “Do not lay hands on anyone
hastily nor share in other people sins,” here's Paul's encouragement, “keep
yourself pure.” Purity of heart is something that all of us need to strive for.
Peter said in 1 Peter 2:11 “I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims abstain
from fleshly lust which war against the soul.” As a child of God I ought to
strive for purity and holiness. “Be holy for He who called you is holy,”
Leviticus 11:44, 1 Peter 1:14-15.
Let’s make purity practical. I want to be pure as it relates to sexual
relations. The only pure and approve place for that is in the bounds of
marriage. Hebrews 13:4 says this, “Marriage is honorable the bed undefiled
but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” Only inside the
relationship of marriage is the sexual relation approved and is right in the
sight of God. That means that before marriage, that means that when one
is married and relations occur with a person who isn’t his spouse- those are
ungodly. It doesn't just relate to sexually. We’re talking about purity in every
way. In our language and our speech we ought to be pure. We ought not to
speak in an ungodly way. Colossians 3:8 and Ephesians 4:29 following
teaches us were to let no filthy communication come out of our mouth. It's
our speech. We must be careful about our speech. We must be careful
about our dress. Paul addressed this in 1 Timothy 2:10-12 following Paul
says that we’re to dress in a modest way that proclaims or professes
Godliness. We should dress in such a way that will people look at us they
can tell by our dress that were trying to live in a godly way and a godly
Then as Christians another blockbuster passage in the book of 1
Timothy teaches us the need to fight the good fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:12
the Scripture says, “Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life to
which you are also called and have confessed the good confession in the
presence of many witnesses.” As a Christian, I've got to fight the good fight
of faith. What's that mean? Every day I live I'm fighting against Satan. I'm
fighting against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-17 we've got to take
up the whole armor of God that we may to stand against the wiles of the
devil. I am in a battle in a fight for my eternal soul every day. Satan is the
enemy. 1 Peter 5:8 he has workers or ministers who are trying to work
against us today. The lust of the flesh, lust the eyes, the pride of life- they
tempt all of us, 1 John 2:15-17. As I contend earnestly for the faith, Jude
verse 3, as I preach the word 2 Timothy 4:2, as I live my life by the gospel
of Christ every day- living as that shining light- I'm fighting the good fight of
I want us to think about some of the practical lessons that we find in 1
Timothy chapters one and two. As we think about this book and its main
theme church conduct, Paul begins by tying that theme together in chapter
1 showing us that as Christians church conduct means as members of the
body of Christ we teach no other doctrine than what God has proclaimed.
Notice 1 Timothy 1:3 the Scripture says “ As I urged you when I went to
Macedonia remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach
and no other doctrine nor give heed the fables and endless genealogies
which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in the faith.”
What is Paul trying to get across in chapter 1? Teach no other doctrine.
Why? Because only the doctrine of Christ will help us to have a relationship
and be close to God. 2 John 9 John said, “Whoever transgresses and does
not teach the doctor of Christ does not have God as his father.”
Why teach the doctrine of Christ only? The doctrine of Christ makes
one a child of God. Only the doctrine of Christ will help one to be in a
blessed state. In Galatians 1:6-9 Paul says, “I marvel that you're turning
away so soon from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another
gospel which is not another gospel but there were some control you would
want to avert the gospel of Christ.” Paul says, “Even if we or an angel from
heaven preach any other gospel to you other than that what we preach let
him be accursed. As I said before so now I say again if anyone teaches any
other gospel, let him be accursed.” If we teach the gospel, we are in that
Why is it we must teach no other doctrine? It's the only one friend.
There's only one doctrine. Jude 3 tells us this “contend earnestly for the
faith,” now notice this, “which was once for all delivered to the saints.” The
doctrine, the gospel, the teaching of Christ, we teach it because that's all
there is. There's not going to be anymore. It's precious. It's special, and its
saving power is beyond limit to the person who will accept it. Paul said, “I'm
not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. It is the power of God unto salvation.”
Now also want you notice this from chapter 1, our motivation in
teaching that one gospel must be sincere. Paul says in 1 Timothy 1:5, “the
purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart from a good
conscience and from a unfeigned or sincere faith.” Why is it that we insist
and that we boldly proclaim that one gospel? What's the motivation in doing
that? It is not to be mean or unkind or to offend. The Bible says the purpose
of the commandment- ‘love from a pure heart.’ What's that mean? We
preach the truth in love, Ephesians 4:15. Love for lost souls has to be the
motivation for everything we do. Why do we preach the one church? Why
do we preach baptism for the remission of sins? Why do we preach Jesus
is the way, the truth, and the life? You cannot get to heaven without Him.
We love people enough that we want them to hear the message and go to
heaven. ‘Love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a
sincere faith.’ Our conscience is the echo of knowledge we provide for
ourselves. As I study, as I read, as I come in line with the word of God, I
must preach that message. My faith is the reason that I preach those
Then we turn to chapter 2 of 1 Timothy and we learn another very
powerful lesson- the responsibility the Christian has in prayer. Prayer
indeed will have powerful results. James says “The effective fervent prayer
of a righteous man overcomes much.” What about the Christian in prayer?
1Timothy 2:1 the Scripture says, “Therefore I exhort first of all that
supplications, prayers and intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for
all men for Kings and all are in authority that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness and reverence for this is good and
acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” What do I know about prayer?
God wants me and you to pray for all men. ‘God wants all men to be saved
and come to a knowledge of the truth.’ What do you think our prayer ought
to be? We should pray for peace, good will, health, and God's blessings.
When I pray for people, especially Kings and those who are in authority, I'm
praying that doors will be opened where God can work in me and work in
you and work in other Christians so that that indeed can be accomplished.
Now another lesson that we learn in 1 Timothy has to do with women
and their role and activity in worship. Women are not to be leaders in
worship. Women are not to be in authority. That's not the way God
designed it. They're not to be preachers. God never intended that. Friend
this is not anything against women. It's just simply the hierarchy and the
plan God set up. Now notice 1 Timothy 2:11-12 the Scripture says “Let a
woman learn in silence with all submission, and I do not permit a woman to
teach or to have authority over a man but to be in silence.” When men and
women gathered together, God desires men to pray everywhere, 1 Timothy
2:8. Women are not to rise up and be in a position authority- so we’ve got a
mixed assembly here. When that occurs God says “let a woman learn in
silence will all submission.” Paul says “I do not permit a woman to pray,
teach, or be in authority over man.” Someone may say ‘Paul was sexist and
that is just his opinion.’ Wait a minute! Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 14:37
“If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual let him acknowledge
that the things I write to you these are the commandments of God.” Paul
said ‘These aren’t my ideas or my teaching. It's not that I'm sexist, and I
don't like women. The things I write are the commands of God.’ Paul was
inspired by the Holy Spirit, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
What do we learn from this first lesson in the book of 1 Timothy?
“God wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.” All
men can feel as though Paul did, we’re chief of sinners because our own
sin. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
The good news is God wants me to be saved! Friend we ask you out
of love and sincerity, have you obeyed the gospel? Have you become a
Christian? Do you really believe Jesus is the son of God, John 8: 24?
Would you be willing to repent and turn from sin, Acts 3:19? Would you
make that great confession, Romans 10:10, that Jesus is the Christ the son
the living God? Would you do what Peter said “Repent and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your
If you've never obey the gospel, friend we encourage you- become a
child of God.
Study Questions for: “1 Timothy: Lesson 1”
1. According to 1 Timothy 1:15, why did Christ come?
2. Was Paul a sinner according to 1 Timothy 1:15?
3. Why was 1 Timothy written according to 1 Timothy 3:14-15?
4. According to Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 11:21-21, when does the
church come together to remember the Lord’s death?
5. According to 1 Corinthians 12:27, what are Christians members of?
6. Who has sinned according to Romans 3:23?
7. According to 1 Timothy 2:4, what does God want?
8. What can Jesus give us according to Matthew 11:28?
9. According to 1Timothy 3:14-15, what should the church be?
10. What does 1 Timothy 5:22 tell us to keep ourselves what?