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Chapter 3

Andrew Ussher continued our study of 1 Timothy by taking a look at the third chapter. Andrew led us through this interesting chapter looking at leadership, service, and godliness. Below you will find some of the preparatory material and if you click here you can download some questions to help prepare you for the study.  The audio is available for streaming below and download here.


OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 

  1. To examine the qualifications necessary for bishops (overseers) and deacons (servants). 
  2. To assess Paul’s purpose in writing the letter, thus increasing our understanding of the relevance of its teaching to us today. 
  3. To understand what “godliness” is. 

SUMMARY 

In this chapter we find the qualifications necessary for those who would serve as overseers in a local church (1-7). A similar list is included for those who would be deacons (8-13). 

Paul then explains the purpose in writing this epistle. Though hoping to come soon, he writes so that Timothy will be well-instructed on how a person is to conduct himself/herself in the house of God, which is the church, the pillar and ground of the truth (14-15). Mention of "the truth" prompts a summation of "the mystery of godliness" which pertains to the coming of Christ into the world (16). 

OUTLINE 

  1. THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR OVERSEERS (1-7) 
    1. THE NATURE OF THE WORK (1) 
      1. It is a “work” or an “occupation” (1a
      2. It is a good or noble work for a man to desire (1b
    2. WHAT AN OVERSEER MUST BE (2-7) 
      1. Positive qualifications 
        1. Blameless (2a
        2. The husband of one wife (2b
        3. Temperate (2c
        4. Sober-minded (2d
        5. Of good behavior (2e
        6. Hospitable (2f
        7. Able to teach (2g
        8. Gentle (3d
        9. One who rules his own house well (4a
          1. Having his children in submission with all reverence (4b
          2. For if he can't rule his own house, how will he take care of the church? (5
        10. A good testimony among those outside (7a
          1. Lest he fall into reproach (7b
          2. And into the snare of the devil (7c
      2. Negative qualifications 
        1. Not given to wine (3a
        2. Not violent (3b
        3. Not greedy for money (3c
        4. Not quarrelsome (3e
        5. Not covetous (3f
        6. Not a novice (6a
          1. Lest he be puffed up with pride (6b
          2. And fall  into the same condemnation as the devil (6c
  2. THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR DEACONS (8-13) 
    1. WHAT A DEACON MUST BE (8-12) 
      1. Positive qualifications 
        1. Reverent (8a
        2. Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience (9
        3. Proven (10a
        4. Found blameless (10b
        5. The husband of one wife (12a
        6.  Ruling his children and house well (12b
      2. Negative qualifications 
        1. Not double-tongued (8b
        2. Not given to much wine (8c
        3. Not greedy for money (8d
      3. Their wives 
        1. Reverent (11a
        2. Not slanderers (11b
        3. Temperate (11c
        4. Faithful in all things (11d
    2. THE HONOR OF THEIR WORK (13) 
      1. Those who serve well obtain a good standing (13a
      2. Also great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus (13b
  3. PAUL'S PURPOSE IN WRITING (14-16) 
    1. WHY PAUL IS WRITING THIS EPISTLE (14-15) 
      1. He hopes to come shortly, but writes in case he is delayed (14-15a
      2. That Timothy might know how a person is to behave in the house of God (15b
        1. Which is the church of the living God (15c
        2. Which is the pillar and ground of the truth (15d
    2. B. THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS (16) 
      1. Without controversy, it is great (16a
      2. In summation, it key elements are these: God was... 
        1.  Manifested in the flesh (16b
        2. Justified in the Spirit (16c
        3. Seen by angels (16d
        4. Preached among the Gentiles (16e
        5. Believed on in the world (16f
        6. Received up in glory (16g