Timothy: The Great Mentee (Part 2)

Timothy 2

In part 1 of this blog series we took a deeper look into the life of Timothy and how Paul benefited and enriched the life of Timothy so much by mentoring him.  If you did not have a chance to read part 1 of this blog series, you can read it here.

As we look at the life of Timothy and what he accomplished and the relationship that Paul had with Timothy, I think that two very valuable lessons can be learned by everyone.  God showed Timothy throughout his life that first, youthfulness should not be an excuse for ineffectiveness.  Second, God shows us that our inadequacies and inabilities should not keep us from making ourselves available to God to do His will.

As you break down the book of 1 Timothy and look at what Paul is telling Timothy and all of us is some very valuable and practical information.

Theme: How to manage the ministry of the local church.

Purpose: To give encouragement and instructions to Timothy, a young leader in the church.

I find 6 major themes throughout the book of 1 Timothy that Paul is trying to convey to Timothy.

The first theme is the idea of the importance of sound doctrine.  Paul instructed Timothy to preserve the Christian faith by teaching sound doctrine and modeling right living.  Living right is living your life in a way that reflects the teachings found in the Bible.  Timothy had to oppose false teachers, who were leading the church members in the church in Ephesus away from the belief in salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.  As Christians, we must know the truth in order to defend it against false teachings.  We must cling to the belief that Christ came to save us.  We should stay away from those who twist the words of the Bible for their own purposes and agendas.

1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.

The second theme is the importance of public worship.  Prayer in public worship must be done with a proper attitude towards God among fellow believers praying in a public setting.  Christian character must be evident in every aspect of worship towards God.  We must rid ourselves of any anger, resentment, or offensive behavior that might disrupt worship or damage church unity.

The third theme is that of church leadership.  Paul gives specific instructions concerning the qualifications for church leaders so that the church might honor God and operate smoothly as a church.  Church leaders must be wholly committed to Christ.  If we are a new or young Christian, we should not be anxious to become a leader in the church.  We need to seek to develop our Christian character first.  We need to focus on seeking God and not on our own ambitions.

If a person was looking to be a leader in the church today, the qualifications have not really changed.  Here is the list of qualifications for being an elder or deacon of the church that Paul wrote about in 1 Timothy chapter 3:

Elder

  • A life too good to criticize
  • Faithful to his wife
  • Self-controlled; discipline
  • Live wisely
  • Good reputation, especially among non-Christians
  • Enjoy having guests in your home
  • Able to teach
  • No drinking problems
  • Not violent
  • Gentle; not arrogant
  • Peace-loving
  • Not money-hungry
  • Good manager of family, kids
  • A track record in the faith
  • Sense of fairness
  • Strong, steadfast belief in the gospel

Deacon

  • Respected
  • Have integrity
  • No drinking problems
  • Not money-hungry
  • Committed to Christian doctrine
  • A clear conscience
  • Pre-tested in smaller responsibilities
  • Faithful to his wife
  • Good manager of family, kids

The fourth theme is the idea of personal discipline.  It takes discipline to be a leader in the church.  Timothy, like all pastors, had to guard his motives, minister faithfully, and live a life that was above reproach.  Any pastor must keep morally and spiritually fit.  To stay in good spiritual shape, we must discipline ourselves to study God’s Word and obey it through how we live our lives.  We need to put our spiritual abilities to work.

1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)

For  physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

The fifth theme is how to be a caring church.  The church has a responsibility to care for the needs of all of its members, especially the sick, the poor, and the widowed.  Caring must go beyond good intentions.  Caring for the family of believers demonstrates our Christ like attitude and exhibits genuine love to non-believers.

The sixth theme is Paul’s warnings about the dangers of money.  Paul reminds us that we come into this life with nothing and we won’t take anything with us from this life when we die.  We need to learn to be content with what we have.  Paul talks about how the love of money can lead to a lot of evil things in our lives.  We can only serve one God.  If we choose money to be our main focus, we are putting God second.  We should use the money that God has blessed to use for good purposes.  We should use our money to help others in need.  By doing this, we will be storing up heavenly treasures that will be waiting for us in heaven.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV)

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs

Paul ends his letter to Timothy with some final instructions to himPaul instructs Timothy to run from all evil things.  Paul tells Timothy to pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

1 Timothy 6:12-14 (NIV)

12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul encourages Timothy to guard what God has entrusted to him.  Paul tells Timothy to avoid godless and foolish discussions with those who give false teachings.  Paul ends by wishing that God’s grace be with us all.

The more I learn about the life of Paul and Timothy and the relationship they shared, the more convinced I am of the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship.  It is a vital part of growth in life.  If you gain a life time full of wisdom, but never share any of it with anyone else, it is a life wasted.  Please consider the benefits of being a mentor/mentee and how your life can be enriched.  Just remember, knowledge is meant to be shared.

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