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First Timothy

It is said that one's life is not complete without a Timothy - someone into whom you can pour the wisdom, experience and hard knocks that make you who you are. The phrase comes from the letters to Timothy. He was rather a young man when appointed over the Ephesian church, and he had to deal with some older men who were dogmatically intent on creating their own dogma. The letters are full of fatherly advice which has not lost its importance to us.

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1 Timothy 1:1-11 Neat, Plausible and Wrong - Introduction to the problem of false teachers.
1 Timothy 1:12-30 Advantages of Humility - The blessings of humility; Paul's experience in fighting the good fight.
1 Timothy 2 A Question of Authority - . Prayer for those in authority; women in submission. The church should look as God intended, not as bad as we can make it.
1 Timothy 3:1-13 Bishops and Deacons -  Paul's prescription to Timothy concerning the kind of men who should be in positions of authority over the church. Paul's focus is on how the church appears to the world.
1 Timothy 3:14 - 4:11 Mystery and Discipline -  The nature of the Church, the certainty of heretics and the duty of the Christian in response.
1 Timothy 4:11 - 5:4 Pastoral Advice - Paul's pastoral advice to Timothy dealing with older believers.
1 Timothy 5:5-16 Widows -  Paul's cogent advice about the church's care for widows gives us principles for church charity today.
1 Timothy 5:17 - 6:2 Admonitions - Paul's admonitions to Timothy regarding the choice and care of elders, and a word to slaves and slave owners as well.
1 Timothy 6:3-21 Monetary Directions -  Paul's advice regarding those who love to argue and those who are rich.