Taking the Epistle

A biblical journey through the epistles

10 – Timothy (1st)


Intro to 1st Timothy

Thank you for clicking on our page for the Pauline epistle which is called 1st Timothy, the letter is authored by the apostle Paul to Timothy who was in the Ephesian church. This is called a Pastoral Epistle and gives many doctrines that we still use in both church structure and also for choosing leaders in the church. For other bible studies on other epistles please see our main epistle page.

Timothy is first introduced to us in Acts 16:1-5 as someone who “was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium.” (Acts 16:2) His family is listed as a mother called “Eunice” (2 Timothy 2:5) he was taught the scriptures by his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5: 3:15) and had a good foundational knowledge of the word of God.

This letter is in many parts and I plan to look at them in an inductive study method looking at a high level some basic doctrinal meanings from these passages. This is by no means an exhaustive study and for some it may seem somewhat elementary, however my prayer is that it can be used as a resource for some who are beginning in the faith.

The letter is broken down as follows:

I. Opening salutation (1:1–2)

II. Negative Instructions: Stop the False Teachers (1:3–20)

A. Warning against False Teachers (1:3–11)
1. The Charge to Timothy Stated (1:3)
2. Their Wrong Use of the Law (1:4–7)
3. The Right Use of the Law (1:8–11)
B. Paul’s Experience of Grace (1:12–17)
C. The Charge to Timothy Repeated (1:18–20)

III. Positive Instructions: Repair the Church (2:1–6:10)

A. Restoring the Conduct of the Church (2:1–3:16)
1. Instructions on Public Worship (2:1–15)
a. Concerning Prayer (2:1–7)
b. Concerning the Role of Men and Women (2:8–15)
1) Men: Pray in a Holy Manner (2:8)
2) Women: Quiet Conduct (2:9–15)
2. Instructions on Church Leadership (3:1–13)
a. Qualifications of Overseers (3:1–7)
b. Qualifications of Deacons (3:8–13)
3. Summary (3:14–16)
a. Conduct of the Church (3:14–15)
b. Hymn to Christ (3:16)
B. Guarding the Truth in the Church (4:1–16)
1. In the Face of Apostasy (4:1–5)
2. Timothy’s Personal Responsibilities (4:6–16)
3. Spiritual Exercises (4:7–9)
C. Dealing with Groups in the Church (5:1–6:10)
1. Men and Women, Young and Old (5:1–2)
2. Widows (5:3–16)
a. Older Widows (5:3–10)
b. Younger Widows (5:11–16)
3. Elders (5:17–25)
a. The Reward of Elders (5:17–18)
b. The Reputation of Elders (5:19–20)
1) The Reputation of Elders Protected (5:19)
2) The Sins of Elders Publicly Rebuked (5:20)
c. The Recognition of Prospective Elders (5:21–25)
4. Slaves (6:1–2)
5. False Teachers (6:3–10)

IV. Personal Instructions: Pursue Godliness (6:11–21)
A. Fight the Good Fight (6:11–16)
B. A Final Word to the Wealthy (6:17–19)
C. Guard What has been Entrusted (6:20–21)

Below is a list of our Bible studies, please click on the hyperlinks in order to see the articles that deal with these issues, for your convenience I have also placed links in the comments section for these and other useful articles that link back to this page. (As the articles become live the hyperlinks will become active)

Line by line studies

I. Opening salutation (1:1–2)
Greetings and Salutations Timothy, my true child in the faith – 1st Timothy 1:1-2 – March 16th 2015

II. Negative Instructions: Stop the False Teachers (1:3–20)
Teach no other doctrine – 1st Timothy 1:3-7 – March 18th 2015
The law, the legalists and the ungodly – 1st Timothy 1:8-11 – March 20th 2015
Christ Jesus came to save sinners – 1st Timothy 1:12-17 – March 23rd 2015
The chief of sinners receives mercy – 1st Timothy 1:15-17 – March 25th 2015
Hymenaeus and Alexander (the not so great) – 1st Timothy 1:18-20 – March 27th 2015

III. Positive Instructions: Repair the Church (2:1–6:10)
Pray for kings and pray for paupers – 1st Timothy 2:1-7 – March 30th 2015
Pray with holy hands and women be modest – 1st Timothy 2:8-15 – April 1st 2015
Qualifications for Overseers – 1st Timothy 3:1-7 – April 3rd 2015
Qualifications for Deacons – 1st Timothy 3:8-13 – April 6th 2015
The mystery of godliness – 1st Timothy 3:14-16 – April 8th 2015
A 1% compass error is still wrong – 1st Timothy 4:1-5 – April 10th 2015
Timothy’s instruction in ministry – 1st Timothy 4:6-10 – April 13th 2015.
Do not let anyone despise your youth – 1st Timothy 4:11-16 – April 15th 2015
Instructions for the church family – 1st Timothy 5:1-8 – April 17th 2015
The older and younger widows – 1st Timothy 5:9-16 – April 20th 2015
Give elders due honor – 1st Timothy 5:17-25 – April 22nd 2015
Keep these rules without prejudging – 1st Timothy 5:21-25 – April 24th 2015
Be a Christian in the workplace – 1st Timothy 6:1-2 – April 27th 2015
False Teachers and True Contentment – 1st Timothy 6:3-10 – April 29th 2015

IV. Personal Instructions: Pursue Godliness (6:11–21)
Fight the Good Fight of Faith – 1st Timothy 6:11-16 – May 1st 2015
Avoid the irreverent babble – 1st Timothy 6:17-21 – May 4th 2015

Topical studies
Teach no other doctrine – 1st Timothy 1:3-4 – June 13th 2014
The only way is KJV – 1st Timothy 1:3-4 – August 19th 2014

When the writers of the bible separated the books into chapters and verses to help indexing and finding verses, this book was split into 6 chapters, in many cases new chapters do not contain new thoughts and you will see bible studies cross over chapter lines.

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