Session 1 – Thursday Evening
The Superior Value of Training for Godliness (1 Tim. 4:1-10)
False teachers were wreaking havoc in Ephesus. Paul countered by exhorting Timothy to teach sound doctrine—but he was not only to teach it. He was also called to flesh it out in godly living and so put the goodness of God’s truth on display for all to see. While many were devoted to physical training, Paul was calling Timothy—and all of us—to a training that yields more valuable and lasting results. Join us as we consider the superior value of training for godliness.
Session 2 – Friday Morning
The Right Kind of Attention to Oneself (1 Tim. 4:11-16)
Serving the Lord goes hand in hand with an ethic of diligence, i.e., hard work. Giftedness in Christian ministry is not to operate apart from attention and effort. This diligence must manifest itself in being careful about one’s own conduct, in committed attention the study of God’s word to heed it, and in providing sound instruction. This is necessary for both our approval as servants of God and for benefit to those who receive the ministry.
Session 3 – Friday Afternoon
The Church’s Responsibility to Honor Its Widows and Elderly (1 Tim. 5:1-16)
The world is graying. The age wave is coming. In the US, over 10,000 people a day turn 70. People are living longer than ever before. Consequently, one of the most important church ministries for the future is the care for widows, widowers, and senior members. Our passage gives invaluable guidance for how families and churches are to care for those who cannot properly care for themselves. The ministry to widows and the hurting is dear to God’s heart. This session will present the teaching of 1 Timothy 5:1-16 with practical suggestions for developing a powerful seniors ministry.
Session 4 – Friday Evening
The Church’s Responsibility to Honor Its Hard-working Elders and an Employee’s Responsibility to Honor His or Her Employer (1 Tim. 5:17-6:2)
Hardly any passage in the New Testament about elders is more important than 1 Timothy 5:17-25. If we don’t get this teaching straight, our churches will be adversely affected, and our elderships will not be biblical. This session will give an accurate exposition of this crucial eldership passage, with principles for implementing its teaching in our churches. This exposition will be followed by biblical principles for honoring our employers. You can’t miss this session.
Session 5 – Saturday Morning
The Roots and Branches of Doctrinal Controversies (1 Tim. 6:3-10)
Be careful about wrangling in the name of doctrine instead of humbly searching out what has been taught by the Lord in Scripture. Often doctrinal controversy serves as a mask for selfish ambition and thoroughgoing corruption in those who deviate from revealed truth. Instead of longing after personal gain we should learn contentment. God’s people should guard themselves against the love of money which leads to all kinds of evil, spiritual blindness, and pain.
Session 6 – Saturday Evening
Flee, Fight, and Follow (1 Tim. 6:11-21)
As the apostle Paul finishes his letter to young Timothy, he lays out for him important instructions toward godliness. These guidelines for godliness continue to instruct the church today. This session will conclude our conference and our exposition of 1 Timothy.