The series continues. Vince Giraldi led us through the 5th chapter of Paul's letter to Timothy. Below you will find a summary and an outline of what we looked at. If you would like to download a PDF version of the outline and study questions click here. If you take time to read the summary and attempt all of the questions you will appreciate the message a lot more. You can download the message by clicking here. Or listen below
OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER
1) To appreciate the responsibility we have toward our families, especially widows
2) To consider under what circumstances widows may be "taken into the number"
3) To note the distinction between the work of the church, and the responsibility of individual
4) To review our responsibilities toward those who serve as elders
This chapter contains Paul's instructions to Timothy regarding various members of the congregation. He starts with the members in general, counseling Timothy to consider them as family, and exhorting them accordingly (1-2). A major section is then devoted to the care of widows, in which some may be "taken into the number". What this phrase refers to is unclear, but it may involve congregational support on a long-term basis. Only those who are truly widows (as defined in verse 5) and who meet certain qualifications (listed in verse 9-10) are to be so honored. Younger widows are expected to remarry and have children, while widows with children and grandchildren are to be supported by their own family rather than burden the church (3-16).
Several remarks are then made regarding elders (not just older Christians, but those serving as overseers). Elders who rule well are to be worthy of financial support, especially if they are laboring in the word and doctrine. Accusations against an elder are not to be taken seriously unless there be two or three witnesses. Those elders who are sinning need to be publicly rebuked so that the rest may fear (17-20).
Paul then gives Timothy a solemn charge to be free from prejudice and partiality as he goes about his duties. He is also to be cautious about those he may commend, being careful to keep
himself pure from others' sins. The chapter concludes with advice for treating Timothy's stomach ailment, and a reminder that both sins and good works will eventually become evident (21-25).
REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR THE CHAPTER
1) What are the main points of this chapter?
2) How was Timothy to exhort the members of the congregation? (1-2)
3) Why are widows with children or grandchildren to be taken care of by them? (4)
4) Who is truly a widow? (5)
5) What is said of one who will not provide for his own family? (8)
6) List the qualifications for a widow to be "taken into the number"(9-10)
7) What are the younger widows to do? Why? (14)
8) What two groups of widows are NOT to be "taken into the number"? (14,16)
9) How should elders who rule well be considered, especially if they labor in word and doctrine? (17)
10) What basis does Paul give for compensating elders? (18)
11) What is necessary to receive an accusation against an elder? (19)
12) What should be done with elders who are sinning? (20)
13) What serious charge was given to Timothy before God, the Lord, and the elect angels? (21)
14) What words of caution does Paul give Timothy? (22)
15) What advice does Paul give Timothy for his stomach ailments? (23)
16) What is true in regards to both sin and good works? (24-25)