Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul shows Timothy how to restore order and purpose to the church in Ephesus which has been disrupted by false teachers.
Watch our Read Scripture video on 1 Timothy, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 1 Timothy, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
About 1 Timothy
In 1 Timothy, we read a holistic vision of the nature and mission of the church. Many bad teachers shared false theology that confused believers. Paul instructs Timothy on how to address these teachers and lead the church effectively. Throughout the book, we see that what a church believes will directly shape how its members live and behave.
The church's theology and beliefs must constantly be critiqued and formed by scriptures and the good news about Jesus. How the church is perceived in public is also very important. It should be known for its devotion to the risen King Jesus as it models integrity, good works and serving the poor and most vulnerable.
Paul commissions Timothy to confront corrupt leaders and strange teachings. True Christian teaching is faithful to Jesus and results in genuine faith and loving actions.
Pray for Leaders
During regular prayers gatherings, the Church should pray for governing leaders and peace so they can continue spreading the good news to the whole world.
Paul addresses false teachers, including women, and instructs Timothy to appoint elders and deacons with character and integrity who will lead God's family the Church.
1 Timothy gives instructions about addressing bad theological teaching that corrupts widow care, allows older intemperate men and Christian slave rebellion and promotes wealthy selfishness.
While some Christian slaves demanded equality with their Christian masters, Paul exhorts a strategic household transformation that persuades others to join God's family and Church.