1 Timothy Overview
Story: use true story (state what happened)
Against all odds
Then provide the backstory, which makes it all the more awesome!
Pt: understanding the backstory gives us an appreciation for, and understanding of, a story or text. Even though we know 1 Timothy is God’s Word, understanding the backstory (the relationship) undergirding this book helps us understand its purpose and appreciate the content.
Point: introduce the book of 1 Timothy
The “Backstory” of this book by Paul
Points to cover
Points to cover
Paul, deep relationships
Usually known as the author or Scripture, even as evangelist. Rarely known as one with deep relationships with those whom he worked.
Titus: mentored by Paul
They worked together in ministry
This is rarely highlighted.
Do you have someone in your life that you would not have peace in ministry without?
Who do you need in your life whom you would be willing to leave an open ministry door in order to be with them?
Paul’s passion (from Pharisee to apostle)
Three “faithful” sayings in this book
1 Tim 1:12-1
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.
It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.