I, II Timothy & Titus – The Good Fight of Faith
CONCLUSION OF THE PRESENTATION of I, II Timothy and Titus
These letters were written to men holding positions of spiritual responsibility for very definite and specific purposes and the theme is that of the inter-relation of the minister and the church.
The first part of I Timothy deals with the charge of the minister over the church.
The second part of I Timothy is the apostolic charge to the minister concerning his consequent responsibility.
In all these three letters the great theme is that of the church and the minister.
Paul wrote them:
- To encourage and train the two ordained elders Timothy and Titus.
- So that they can train up potential elders and those who aspired to be elders and deacons, and
- To those who want to apply biblical discipling to their own lives and to the discipling of others.
- All Christian leaders and Sunday School Teachers will benefit studying these books.
1. I Timothy is general and fundamental:
- True function of the church is the proclamation of the truth in the world
- True function of the minister is the exposition of Truth in the church
- Therefore gifted and qualified men in church are to perfect the saints for the fulfillment of the ministry of the church, which is the proclamation of the truth of God in the world.
- If the minister of God’s word is not faithful in preaching the truth then the saints will be ill informed or misinformed, and
- The church will not be able to function properly in proclaiming the truth to the world.
- Let those who teach the word of God whether in the larger assembly or in smaller class, or at home remember that teaching is only valuable and dynamic in the measure in which it is given not by intellectual process merely, but by volitional obedience and the changed life that results.
- Those who teach the word of God, ministers, elders and deacons, Sunday school teachers, parents are responsible to give exposition of the truth both in teaching and life.
- So that the church shall be equipped for her great work.
2. Titus deals particularly with the method by which the minister is to set the church in order:
- The church at Crete was situated in a very difficult place.
- The Cretans were described as “liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons”.
- This shows that it is possible for Christians to live a sanctified life even in the most difficult position and of those in the most trying circumstances, the bond-slaves.
- Thus the Spirit of God teaches us that the church of God can be the pillar and ground of the truth in the darkest and most desolate and difficult places of the earth.
- Men and women whose circumstances are most trying of Christianity – that of ‘adorning the doctrine of God our Savior in all things’ is still possible.
- The central teaching of Titus is that of its revelation of the true church of Jesus Christ and its abiding appeal that the church should be true to Jesus Christ.
3. II Timothy – the particular subject is that of the minister’s personal responsibility:
- The reason of the writing of this second letter to Timothy was that of the perils threatening the church, which were likely to prevent the church from fulfilling its function as the pillar and ground of the truth.
- The church was being invaded by godlessness and worldliness.
- If the church fails, then the truth ceases to be proclaimed to the world. In view of these perils Paul wrote to Timothy upon whose shoulders rested the great responsibility.
- The purpose of this letter was that of preparing Timothy for the fulfillment of his responsibility for the church, in order to maintain its testimony.
- It is preeminently a letter to those who are in the ministry and those involved in teaching in one way or another.
- Since it is Paul’s last letter written at the end of a distinguished career, it will have great benefit for those who study it carefully and prayerfully.
4. Studying these books will help leaders gain fresh insight of the highest office of leadership in the Body of Christ:
- To understand the office of elder and especially to recognize men who are qualified for that office.
- To identify spirit-filled and spirit-gifted leaders.
- Also for parents to learn to lead in the home and to apply Scriptures to themselves and grow in grace and leadership abilities.
5. Lesson Goals:
- To gain knowledge of God’s Word.
- To gain knowledge of yourself.
- To discipline yourself for Biblical change.
- To share your growth with others.
6. Let Scripture confront you:
- By asking questions.
- Prayerfully and honestly answer them for your own benefit.
- When you are confronted of your sins, failures, inadequacies, by God’s grace – take action and repent from them.
I Tim 1:1
-Who are you?
-What is your calling in life?
-Do you know your calling as Paul knew his?
I Tim 1:2
– Do you have spiritual children?
– Have you ever trained and instructed someone you have led to saving faith in Christ?
– Parents, do you instruct your own children in God’s Word and spiritual things?
-The MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV)
-Handbook for Bible Teachers and Preachers by G. Campbell Morgan
-Timothy, Titus and You by George C. Scipione
-The Reformation Study Bible edited by R.C. Sproul