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.