Legacy - Week 10

Observing how people understand the nature of God, D.L. Moody once wrote, "Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible, the other 99 will read the Christians." As we enter the final chapter of 1 Timothy, we'll discuss how our actions in the most practical areas of our lives say something to the world about who God is.

Here are some questions to think through in anticipation of Sunday:

- When you or someone you know has rejected Christianity, do you think it's due more to intellectual objections or negative experiences with Christians and the church?

- Should our beliefs about who God is impact the most practical areas of our lives like our jobs and our finances?

- If we're always preaching something with our lives, what message are you preaching right now?

1 Timothy 6:1-10

1 Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Legacy - Week 9

Last week, we talked about how the church is a family and this Sunday we're going to see how God's family, the church, is meant to have leadership. Paul is going to show us that we're not only meant to have spiritual leaders in our lives, but also that we can have some criteria for how we relate to leaders and who we should follow.

Here are some questions to think through in anticipation of Sunday:

- What do you think is your tendency when you view people who are in authority, both within the church and outside the church? Are you naturally skeptical of leaders, and if so, why?

- What do you think makes someone worthy of being followed?

1 Timothy 5:17-25

17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24 The sins of some men are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.

Legacy - Week 8

One of our favorite sayings around the Summit is that we see our church as a family. This week we'll see how Paul explores this concept in 1 Timothy, as well as one of the major implications of the church being a family - that we take care of each other well.

Here are some questions to think through in anticipation of Sunday:

- how have your impressions of the church growing up affected what you believe the church is today?

- how do you think the church being a family should impact your daily life? How could this be good news to you if you grew up in an unhealthy environment or have strained relationships with your biological family?

- why do you think just after describing the church as a family (1 Tim. 5:1-2), Paul describes how to take care of those in need in the family? Do you think those in the church have a responsibility to care for one another?

1 Timothy 5:1-16

1 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father. Treat younger men like brothers, 2 older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity.

3 Honor widows who are truly widows. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. 5 She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, 6 but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 For some have already strayed after Satan. 16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are really widows.