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Generation Next Session #6 - 1 Timothy 3

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Generation Next Session #6 - 1 Timothy 3 with guest speaker Steve Watts

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Generation Next Session #6 - 1 Timothy 3

  1. 1. 1 Timothy 3 Godly order in a non – Godly environment
  2. 2. Why is most of this chapter made up of two lists relating to church leaders?
  3. 3. The answer can possibly be found by looking at some background relating to Ephesus
  4. 4. 53 – 57AD 59 – 62AD
  5. 5. • Main visit to Ephesus around 53 – 56AD • This letter written somewhere after 62AD but before 65AD when Paul imprisoned for the last time (Nero was emperor – Rome burned 64AD)
  6. 6. • What do we know about Ephesus from scripture?
  7. 7. Information from scripture Acts 19 Apollos had preached there before Paul – converts received John’s baptism of repentance – baptised in Holy Spirit Paul 3 months in synagague – refused to believe Paul 2 years in hall of Tyrannus – seemed that all Jews and Greeks in Asia had heard the message Extraordinary miracles in the city; displays of power Public burning of sorcery scrolls (high value) – word spread and grew in power Artemis – massive riot Ephesians Need for unity in the congregation Messy church – need for Godly order in general ways of living as well as in Christian households Need to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power – spiritual warfare
  8. 8. 1 Timothy False doctrine, myhts and endless genealogies Meaningless talk Some have shipwrecked their faith Anger and disputing in church Women immodestly dressed Lack of respect for the older men; improper recognition of widows Love of wealth Revelation Hard work, perseverance of the church; endured hardships and not grown weary BUT lost first love; hate the works of Nicolaitans
  9. 9. Historical information • Chief commercial city of the province (approx. 300,000 people) – “highway to Rome” – entry point for Roman governors • 4th largest city in empire after Rome, Alexandria and Antioch • Centre of mother goddess (Artemis/Cybele) for western Asia – fertility cult practices • Full of wizards, sorcerers, witches, astrologers, diviners – mystery religions, occult practices - Nicolaitans Not as easy city for a Christian!
  10. 10. What does all this information have to do with the lists? Are the lists important for us?
  11. 11. Overseer Deacon • Above reproach • Faithful to his wife • Temperate • Self-controlled • Respectable • Hospitable • Able to teach • Not a drunkard • Gentle • Not quarrelsome • Not a lover of money • Manages his children well in a respectful way – children obey him • Mature believer • Good reputation • Worthy of respect • Sincere • Not overindulging in wine • Not pursuing dishonest gain • Hold to truths of the faith with a clear conscience • Tested in their faith • WOMEN: worthy of respect; not malicious talkers; temperate; trustworthy • Faithful to his wife • Manage his children and household well What prompted Paul to produce such a detail list?
  12. 12. How does all this apply to us?
  13. 13. In a relationship with God there is NO Plan B!!!
  14. 14. Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Ex 34v14)

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