November 21, 2013

Today you should read: 1 Timothy 5:1-16

How should a young pastor treat people in the church?  How should various types of people in the church be treated?  Paul gave Timothy the answers to these questions in our passage today.

(vs. 1)Older men:  Don’t sharply rebuke, but appeal to him, or exhort him, as a father.  This doesn’t mean that a young pastor should never rebuke an older man.  By all means, some older guys need some rebuke, but the rebuke should not be harsh or disrespectful.  This is the only instance in the Bible where this Greek word for “rebuke” exists.  It’s different than all of the other “rebukes” in the Bible.  This word means “to strike upon, or to beat down.”  In other words, don’t give a very harsh rebuke that tears one down instead of builds one up.

(vs. 1) Younger men:  Treat them as brothers.  In other words, treat them as partners in the ministry.  Timothy wasn’t to lord his authority over them, but to work alongside of them as he shepherded them.

(vs. 2)Older women: Treat them as mothers.  A young pastor should gladly accept some “mothering” that comes from older women.  It’s honorable to receive this treatment from older women, and respect and honor should be returned to these women.

(vs. 2)Younger women:  Treat them as sisters.  In other words, treat them as partners in the ministry, but be careful to stay above reproach with them.  A pastor working alongside a woman needs to take extra precaution with his emotions and conduct towards her.  There have been too many instances in our society of pastors and church leaders having affairs with women in their church.  This ought not to be.

(vs. 3-16) Widows: The main idea here is to help widows who are truly in need (vs. 3).  If a widow has legitimate needs, her immediate family has the responsibility to assist her before the church does (vs. 4).  A widow who has no family and is alone, but fixes her hope on God is considered a widow indeed (vs. 5, 10, 16) and the church should be quick to assist her.  A widow who is actively involved in wanton pleasure is not to be put on the list of those needing assistance (vs. 6-7, 11-15).

How are we as the church to make application of this passage and glorify God?

  1. Treat older men and women with respect and honor.  Their life experience is very valuable for younger people, and I, personally, have much to learn from those older than me.
  2. See our younger brothers and sisters as co-workers for the kingdom.  None of us are greater or more valuable than the other.  Be intentional to work well together as brothers and sisters, but stay above reproach.
  3. Families of widows in the church must be quick to help the widow in their family.
  4. The church must take on the responsibility of helping widows in need, particularly older widows.

Posted by:Rich Duffield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “November 21, 2013”

  1. Good word today Rich. My father and mother were born in 1929 and 1930, respectively, and grew up on farms during the depths of the depression. I remember stories they told about how their local churches would help widows, widowers, and people with needs in their community. Today our society turns to government for every “need” known to man. I am not criticizing our government and the important work it does but I believe it is time for The Church to step up and fulfill the role scripture commands us to fill. I am glad to be with a body of believers at CPC who take God’s word seriously and strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.

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