Paul instructed Timothy in the appropriate pastoral care of widows, as well as older and younger men and women in his congregation. Alistair Begg emphasizes that pastors must fulfill these responsibilities with genuine respect and affection while guarding against even the slightest suggestion of impropriety. Although the Church has an important role to play in caring for those in need, providing for our own relatives is an indisputable Christian duty.
1Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, 2older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
3Honor widows who are truly widows. 4But 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. 5She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, 6but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8But 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.
9Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,1 10and 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. 11But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13Besides 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. 14So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15For some have already strayed after Satan. 16If 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 truly widows.
For many, the Church is merely a gathering of people participating in religious activities. But the Bible makes clear that what God desires is a relationship with His children. When individuals grasp the immensity of God’s grace and respond in faith, they are born again by His Spirit and are incorporated into the Household of Faith.
In this series, Alistair Begg explores the first five chapters of 1Timothy, noting how keen Paul was to ensure that Timothy fulfilled his duties with moral integrity and Biblical authority. Recognizing that godly leadership was vital for the progress of the Church, Paul warned Timothy of false teachers and provided instructions for the proper conduct of God’s people in God’s household. When Christians have a proper sense of God and refuse to compromise, our lives will reflect Him, our service will glorify Him, our worship will please Him, and generations to come will be grounded in His Truth.
|Counterfeit Christianity||1 Timothy 1:1-11|
|The Worst Sinner of Them All||1 Timothy 1:12-20|
|Public Prayer: Its Importance and Scope||1 Timothy 2:1-8|
|The Place and Posture of Christian Women, Part One||1 Timothy 2:9-15|
|The Place and Posture of Christian Women, Part Two||1 Timothy 2:9-15|
|Elders-Taking Care of God's Church||1 Timothy 3:1-7|
|Deacons and Their Wives||1 Timothy 3:8-16|
|The Mystery of Godliness||1 Timothy 3:14-16|
|The Approaching Apostasy||1 Timothy 4:1-5|
|Pastoral Priorities in Dealing with False Teaching||1 Timothy 4:6-16|
|Different Strokes for Different Folks||1 Timothy 5:1-16|
Since the early days of Christianity, false teachers have sought to water down the Gospel and use it for their own glory and financial gain. While money and wealth are not necessarily evil, they can become idols, distracting our focus from God, granting a false sense of security, and inclining us to the appeal of false teaching.
In Volume 2 of the Household of Faith series, Alistair Begg completes the study of 1 Timothy, addressing the various responsibilities and risks of church leadership. He notes that great care and wisdom must be exercised in the choosing of leaders because they can either establish a pattern of spiritual maturity in the congregation or contribute to the downfall of the church. Central to the preservation of the Church is the necessity to maintain the purity of the Gospel and pass it on to future generations. Christian maturity and contentment come as we trust God’s providence and provision, understanding that it is by God’s grace and enabling that we enter into the Household of Faith.
|Lessons in Leadership, Part One||1 Timothy 5:17-25|
|Lessons in Leadership, Part Two||1 Timothy 5:17-25|
|True Servants||1 Timothy 6:1-5|
|False Teachers||1 Timothy 6:3-5|
|Contentment or Corruption, Part One||1 Timothy 6:6-10|
|Contentment or Corruption, Part Two||1 Timothy 6:6-10|
|A Charge to a Man of God, Part One||1 Timothy 6:11-16|
|A Charge to a Man of God, Part Two||1 Timothy 6:11-16|
|The Good Confession||1 Timothy 6:11-13 John 18:28-40|
|Glory to God||1 Timothy 6:14-16|
|Money Talk||1 Timothy 6:17-19|
|Guarding the Gospel||1 Timothy 6:20-21|