These are notes collected from studying with brothers in Christ. Anything good comes from the Lord. Everything else is from us!
1 Timothy 1:5- “the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and good conscience and sincere faith”
May this be true for us!
V6 “certain persons, by swerving from this have wandered away into vain discussions.”
If we keep our charge motivated from His love and in purity and sincere it will keep us on the right course
I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,
1 Timothy 1:12
This really touched me. Paul was judged faithful and appointed, therefore God supplied him STRENGTH. If God has called us to be faithful to a new appointment, He’ll back that calling via giving us His strength.
the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
1 Timothy 1:10
“Enslavers” – this seems a pretty clear reference against enslaving others.
Also note that other vices include “homosexuality”. It is not OK in Gods eyes.
Another thing in 1 Timothy (and the letters of Paul as a whole) is seeing all the injunctions to pray. Think of 1 Tim 2, especially. It’s like God knew we would be bent toward prayerlessness, so He puts in all these goads by His word to get us to pray.
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
1 Timothy 4:13
Before 2 Timothy, I have found myself reflecting on this from 1 Tim.
While Paul is gone, he urges Timothy to devote himself to Bible reading and teaching. This goes with the devotion to the apostles teaching in Acts 2. We are to devote ourselves to the word – as learners, studyiers, and teachers. Honestly, if more churches just read the Bible out loud more (and don’t leave out passages you don’t like!!) I think we might be in a diff place as a society
^^I’d add: if people read 1 chapter of the Bible each week it’d take nearly 23 years to only finish it once. Most places never go that quick of pace. Which means we need to take in the word more outside of church services while also preaching it at church services much more than we do