Greetings! Below you will find questions which reference the sermon preached on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at The Park. This week we studied chapter 3. Each week new questions are posted to track along with the sermons. Work hard to facilitate discussion. Listen to the hearts around the room and close with prayer.
Intro to 1 Timothy:
Paul’s first letter to Timothy is packed full of vision, encouragement, and instruction. Paul, the seasoned missionary, has a deep love and connection with Timothy, the young pastor. If you have ever been in a mentoring relationship, you will connect well with what you find in 1 Timothy. These men are not so unlike Christ-followers today. They had fears and doubts, but never wavered in their commitment to the gospel message. Our prayer is that you will be encouraged and renewed in your calling as a result of this study.
- What are some observations you had from this chapter?
- Were there any new insights you learned about the passage from the sermon?
- What theology was present in this chapter?
- What did you learn about God from reading this chapter?
- What is the “devil’s trap” that is referred to in 1 Timothy 3:7? For help reference 1 Timothy 6:9 – which uses the same word, and 2 Timothy 2:26.
- This chapter is dedicated to establishing Elders and Deacons in the church of Ephesus. What might be some of the reasoning behind Paul doing this for the church of that time?
- What are some principles/requirements for these offices that still carry over into our church today?
- An “Overseer” and a “Deacon” are ordinary Christians who are used within the body of Christ to lead the Church and love the World around it. What are some ways in which you lead the Body of Christ and love the world around you? What are some ways that you could do this that you aren’t currently doing?
- Of the list of qualifications in this chapter (that apply to you) which ones do you do well and which ones do you struggle with? What are some opportunities that you are missing out of because of your struggling with them?
- In verses 3:2-3 and 3:11, Paul gives the requirements for Deacons and Deaconesses. In what way are the lists similar or different? Do you see these requirements as being specific with regard to gender?