Application of 1 Timothy
1) Do I operate in my own church according to these principles?
2) How do I esteem my local church leadership?
3) Do I pray on behalf of all men, including those in authority?
1 Timothy Themes of Application
Paul instructed Timothy to preserve the Christian faith by teaching sound doctrine and modeling right living. Timothy had to oppose false teachers, who were leading church members away from belief in salvation by faith in Jesús Christ alone.
We must know the truth in order defend it. We must cling to the belief that Christ came to save us. We should stay away from those who twist the words of the Bible for their own purposes.
Prayer in public worship must be done with a proper attitude toward God and fellow believers.
Christian character must be evident in every aspect of worship. We must rid ourselves of any anger, resentment, or offensive behavior that might disrupt worship or damage church unity.
Paul gives specific instructions concerning the qualification for church leaders so that the church might honor God and operate smoothly.
Church leaders must be wholly committed to Christ. If you are a new or young Christian, don’t be anxious to become a leader in the church. Seek to develop your Christian character first. Be sure to seek God, not your own ambition.
It takes discipline to be a leader in the church. Timothy, like all pastors, had to guard his motives, minister faithfully, and live above reproach. Any pastor must keep morally and spiritually fit.
To stay in good spiritual shape, you must discipline yourself to study God’s Word and to obey it. Put your spiritual abilities to work!
The church has a responsibility to care for the needs of all its members, especially the sick, the poor, and the widowed. Caring must go beyond good intentions.
Caring for the family of believers demonstrates our Christlike attitude and exhibits genuine love to non-believers.