Questions & Answers
Over the past couple weeks we have taken a break from the exposition of each chapter. We paused to consider the questions that have been submitted to this point. Now unfortunately due to some technical difficulties the first week was not recorded. We do however have a recording of the answers to the last 5 questions which were covered the second week. You can download that here or listen to it below. To see the questions simply scroll down.
1. How does Jesus’ work as Mediator (1 Tim 2:5) compare to His work as our Advocate (1 John 2:1) and as our Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14). Are these three ways of saying the same thing?
2. 1 Tim 2:8 speaks of men “lifting up holy hands” and then v11 speaks of “let the women learn in silence . . .” If the assembly follows the practice outlined in verses 9-15 regarding women, why do we not encourage the practice outlined in verse 8? As explained by Peter Lansing, the word “prayer” has a connotation of extending the hands (forward or upward).
3. Could you please explain again how we should understand 1 Tim 2:15 – in what sense is a woman saved in childbearing?
4. The NT speaks clearly of both overseers and deacons, focusing on their character and work. We recognize elders, why are deacons not similarly recognized? Are all brothers in the fellowship deacons in the sense of 1 Timothy 3, or should we know who they are specifically, like we know the elders? 1 Timothy 3:13 speaks of “the office of a deacon” (KJV).
5. The work of elders is very challenging and demanding, especially when the assembly is large. Does the Scripture support elders being “full time”, in the sense that we recognize some evangelists as “full time”? That is, they are to be taken care of by the local assembly in order to allow them more time to meet the needs of God’s people? If not all the elders, then some? (1 Timothy 5:17-18)
6. What does it mean that men should pray “everywhere”? (1 Tim 2:8)
7. What does it mean that an overseer must be “blameless” (KJV) or “above reproach” (ESV) (1 Tim 3:2)? This same requirement is given for the deacons in 3:10. Can anyone really meet this standard?
8. Can sisters in the assembly be deacons?
9. How do you define “modest apparel” (1 Tim 2:9)?
10. How far does the prohibition on women teaching (1 Tim 2:12) extend? What about sisters teaching Sunday School or participating in women’s Bible Study groups?