- Why are 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus good sources for guidance on how we can be a better church?
- What was Paul’s first instruction to Timothy?
- What kinds of things are included in “sound doctrine” (see 1 Timothy 1:9-11 and Titus 2:1-10)
- We often observe that the chapter and verses in our Bibles were added by men. Note the connection between the end of 2 Timothy 3 and the beginning of 2 Timothy 4. What topic connects them?
- The letters to Timothy and Titus repeatedly emphasize avoiding foolish and ignorant disputes such as the endless genealogies and striving about words. Why does it say we should avoid these? (1 Timothy 1:4, 2 Timothy 2:14, 23).
- What is our attitude to be toward those we believe to be in error or who are struggling with sin? (2 Timothy 2:24, Titus 3:1).
- What hope is there for those who have not heard the gospel? (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
- What is the purpose of the church according to 1 Timothy 3:15? What does this mean?
- What hope is there for Christians who have not lived honorable lives? (2 Timothy 2:20-21).
- What is the “faithful saying” in 1 Timothy 1:15?
- What is the “faithful saying” in 1 Timothy 3:1?
- Look at the “faithful saying” in 1 Timothy 4:8. What is godliness profitable for?
- How would you reconcile 1 Timothy 4:8 with 2 Timothy 3:12?
- How would you reconcile 2 Timothy 3:12 with our life experience today?
- “Bodily exercise profits a little” might refer to physical exercise (working out), but what is another possible meaning?
- To help with question 16, what do these letters say about marriage (1 Timothy 4:3), eating meat (1 Timothy 4:4,5) , and money (1 Timothy 6:17)?
- True or False: Money is the root of all evil. (See 1 Timothy 6:10).
- What do these letters teach about church money?
- What is the final “faithful saying”? (Titus 3:8)
- What kind of people are we to be according to Titus 2:14?
Paul is writing about conduct in the house of God (1 Timothy 3:15). The title of this lesson, “working up a budget”, is a bit playful, but the chapter (1Timothy 5) does address two financial obligations of the church and may shed light on the propriety of such things as a “treasury” and “budget”.
- 1 Timothy 5 begins with instructions about rebuking. Does this apply just to rebuking or does it relate to other aspects of Timothy’s relationships? What can we learn from these 2 verses?
- What additional admonition does he add to his instructions concerning Timothy’s relationship with young women? Why is this added?
- 1 Timothy 5:3 says to “Honor widows”. What does “honor” include in light of 1 Timothy 5:17-18?
- How is the act of caring for parents (or even grandparents) described in verse 4? What does this tell us about how God feels about children doing this? (see also verse 8)
- Ideally who should care for widows? Note that this idea of family responsibility is stressed 3 times in this paragraph (see verse 8 and 16). What does that teach us?
- Verse 9 speaks of a widow being “taken into the number” (New King James Version). Note how some different translations express this. What is Paul really speaking of in this instruction? Responding to a “one time need” or something more?
- What do we learn about elders from 17 and 18? Try to list more than one idea.
Many verses in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus speak about the ultimate goal of the church: helping as many as possible secure eternal salvation in heaven. Consider what some of these texts say about salvation.
1 Timothy 4:8
1/ What two “lives” does 1 Timothy 4:8 identify?
2/ What is the promise of the life which now is?
3/ What is the promise of that which is to come?
4/ How would you define godliness as used in this text?
1 Timothy 2:3-6
1/ What does this verse suggest about God’s feelings for mankind?
2/ For whom did Jesus die?
3/ What does this verse say that points to our responsibility?
2 Timothy 3:14-15
1/ What role do the scriptures play in our salvation?
1 Timothy 4:16
1/ Wasn’t Timothy already saved?
2/ Is there a sense in which we save ourselves?
3/ What does this verse say we must do?
1/ “Not by works of righteousness which we have done”. Does this mean we don’t do anything? What is another possible meaning?
2/ We are saved by His mercy, through the washing of regeneration. What does the washing of regeneration refer to?