Paul shows Timothy how to restore order and purpose to the church in Ephesus which has been disrupted by false teachers.
In 1 Timothy, we read a holistic vision of the nature and mission of the church. Many bad teachers shared false theology that confused believers.
The church models Jesus
Paul instructs Timothy on how to address these teachers and lead the church effectively. Throughout the book, we see that what a church believes will directly shape how its members live and behave.
The church's theology and beliefs must constantly be critiqued and formed by scriptures and the good news about Jesus. How the church is perceived in public is also very important. It should be known for its devotion to the risen King Jesus as it models integrity, good works and serving the poor and most vulnerable.
Paul commissions Timothy to confront corrupt leaders and strange teachings. True Christian teaching is faithful to Jesus and results in genuine faith and loving actions.
Pray for Leaders
During regular prayers gatherings, the Church should pray for governing leaders and peace so they can continue spreading the good news to the whole world.
Paul addresses false teachers, including women, and instructs Timothy to appoint elders and deacons with character and integrity who will lead God's family the Church.
1 Timothy gives instructions about addressing bad theological teaching that corrupts widow care, allows older intemperate men and Christian slave rebellion and promotes wealthy selfishness.
While some Christian slaves demanded equality with their Christian masters, Paul exhorts a strategic household transformation that persuades others to join God's family and Church.