1 Timothy 3 Commentary of the Bible

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The Lord's Leaders  ( 1 Timothy 3:1-7 )  Sunday Message

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There is a wide spectrum of titles used for leaders of churches in this country. The Baptists have deacons; the Presbyterians have elders; the Methodists have stewards, bishops; Episcopalians have rectors and vicars (whatever they are); and the Catholics say that priests ought to be in charge. Many denominations refer to their leaders as ministers. As I was thinking of that, I wondered whatever became of the wordparson? It has been a long time since I heard anybody called a parson, although that used to be common in this country.

A Noble Task  ( 1 Timothy 3:1-7 )  Daily Devotion

Here is a trustworthy saying; If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. (1 Timothy 3:1)

The striking thing in this paragraph is that the very first point the apostle wants Timothy to make at Ephesus about this subject is that the office of an overseer or an elder is a very important and significant role, not to be taken lightly at all. Paul calls it a noble task.

The Lord's Servants  ( 1 Timothy 3:8-13 )  Sunday Message

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I find much confusion today, even here at PBC, about who the leaders of the church ought to be, and what these terms, elders, deacons, and pastors, mean. Anne-Marie Ritchie was telling me yesterday that when their son Roddie was about eight years old or so, at school one day he was asked to write down what his father did. Roddie wrote, "My father is a rabbi, or a priest, or a minister, or something like that." Ron is still trying to figure that out!

The Lord's Servants  ( 1 Timothy 3:8-13 )  Daily Devotion

Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:13)

God's Chosen Instrument  ( 1 Timothy 3:14-15 )  Daily Devotion

...the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. (1 Timothy 3:15b)

God's Chosen Instrument: The Church  ( 1 Timothy 3:14-15 )  Sunday Message

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I flew out of Denver, Colorado, to Peoria, Illinois, a few years ago. Not very many people go to Peoria, but I did, and I flew on Ozark Airlines because I wanted to get there the worst possible way! In the plane I picked up the little magazine that every airline has. My attention was caught by an advertisement on the back page that said in large letters, "When you understand that you can change the world, your life will never be the same again." Naturally, I was curious to know what it was that would make such a dramatic difference.

The Central Glory  ( 1 Timothy 3:16 )  Sunday Message

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This morning we recited together the Nicene Creed, which came from the fourth century. We joined with the confession of faith of Christians from those struggling days of the church, when they were hammering out on the anvil of controversy the theological viewpoints and teachings of the church. But in the passage from the third chapter of First Timothy, which we will be studying today, we are looking at a single verse that comes right out of the 1st century, clear back to the very beginnings of the church.

God's Mysteries  ( 1 Timothy 3:16 )  Daily Devotion

Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great. (1 Timothy 3:16b)

When Paul says godliness is a great mystery, he does not mean that it is hard to understand. Some men might say today, Women are a great mystery; we cannot understand them. By that these men mean women are difficult and obscure, hard to comprehend. (I intend this as an example, and not a point of debate.) By the word mystery, he means godliness is of supreme significance.