A church will not progress beyond the spiritual maturity of its leaders, so the appointment of qualified elders is of vital importance. Alistair Begg reminds us that when it comes to leadership, the Bible places greater emphasis on character than on giftedness. Christian leaders must pursue godly character because when a Christian leader falls into sin, many others are hurt.
1The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Therefore an overseer1 must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,2 sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
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|