While all Christians are responsible to the leadership of Jesus Christ, God has appointed certain men to be held accountable for leading local congregations. Such responsibility deserves honor and remuneration, but can also be accompanied by allegations of misconduct. Alistair Begg cautions that accusations against a leader should only be considered when there is corroboration, and if discipline is necessary, it should be purposeful and restorative.
17Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21In 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. 22Do 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.) 24The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.
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|