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1 Timothy 5:1-16

How are we to care for one another?

Paul gives the instruction on the way the church is to help those in need around the world. These principles are also the rules on for the church today. We must not limit our care to only those of our fold. We should be world Christians. 

V1. -2

Treat those that are older like a father or mother, don’t let your treatment be like a know it all. They have be around and god has giving them wisdom.

We can never forget that it takes many to keep the church moving on. The church is made up of a diverse group. We are not all the same. We are the same in the fact that we have been saved and baptized.


 Paul puts under three headings the subject of widows and how to care for them.

1.  The church and the widows

                               a.vs.3, 16

b. the widows that are really widows

Things to remember about the bible times

 Women were not held in high regards.

It was said, “It would have been better to be a slave then a woman”.

There were not any programs to help the widows in that day.

The church needed to pick up this responsibility.

2.  The children and the grandchildren


a.   The widow first needs to be taken care of by the family. That is right.

b.  It could be said that the kids were repaying their parents.

c.   The family that will not care for their widows is like an unbeliever. Can you imagine being a Christian and not take care of those in need in your family. What kind of Christianity is that?

d.  James 2:14-17

                                     3. Widow

There could be two categories here

The younger widow

The widows that worked in the ministry

A.Let us look at the younger widow

                                          Vs. 11

1.  If the widow is younger she needs to be careful with the temptations of life.

Paul’s words to the younger widow

Vs. 14

     So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. [1]

Get married again do not let your life be wasted get back to the business at hand.

     So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. [1]

B. The widows in ministry

Vs 9

     No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband[1]

1.  They were not just starting to be in the work of God then had already been serving.

2.  They were 60 plus

3.  They have a place in the work of god.

Every church needs this group the church that doesn’t have this group is hurting.


1Co 7:9

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