Book of 1 Timothy

Athens is one of the oldest named cities in the world, having been continuously inhabited for at least 5000 years.
Situated in southern Europe, Athens became the leading city of Ancient Greece in the first millennium B.C., and its cultural achievements during the 5th century B.C. laid the foundations of western civilization.

During the early Middle Ages, the city experienced a decline, then recovered under the later Byzantine Empire and was relatively prosperous during the period of the Crusades (12th and 13th centuries), benefiting from Italian trade.
Following a period of sharp decline under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, Athens re-emerged in the 19th century as the capital of the independent Greek state.

Most everything we buy comes with an owner’s manual, but if you’re like me, looking at those instructions is the last resort. We put it off as long as possible.

Well, the book of 1 Timothy is an instruction manual for the local church. We should read it often and heed it diligently.

It’s the first of three Pastoral Epistles, as we call them, written between 62 and 67 A.D.; and it’s addressed to Timothy, a young man we first meet in Acts 16, when he decided to join Paul in his travels.

The two become close, and Paul called him, “…my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Tim 1:2).

Years later Timothy was placed in charge of the work in the city of Ephesus. That’s when Paul wrote this letter, telling him:

  • how to manage certain problems he faced in the ministry,
  • how to confront false teachers,
  • how to order the church’s worship,
  • how to select leaders, and
  • how to conduct himself in difficult situations.

 

The apostle tells us to stand up for the truth in public and to guard our own souls in private. He stressed the themes of doctrinal purity, worship, godliness, leadership, pastoral care, and contentment.

The Byzantine Empire, sometimes referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul, originally founded as Byzantium).
It survived the fragmentation and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century A.D. and continued to exist for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
During most of its existence, the empire was the most powerful economic, cultural, and military force in Europe. Both “Byzantine Empire” and “Eastern Roman Empire” are historiographical terms created after the end of the realm; its citizens continued to refer to their empire as the Roman Empire or Romania, and to themselves as “Romans”.

Church work isn’t for the faint of heart, and the ministry can often be discouraging. But it always helps to read the manual.

In 1 Timothy, the Lord tells us how to conduct ourselves in His house, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Key Thought:

God’s Church should be led with excellence by leaders who possess wisdom and integrity.

Key Verse:

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Tim 6:12). 

Key Action:

We must conduct ourselves wisely in the house of God.

“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” (1 Tim 4:15).

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