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1 Timothy 4:12-16
Who is our only hope and salvation in gospel ministry?
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Published April 18th, 2017
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Main point summary
Main point summary
As leaders of God's people, Jesus is our only hope and salvation for fruitful gospel ministry.
1 Timothy 4:12-16
Μηδείς σου τῆς νεότητος καταφρονείτω,
Let no one scorn you for your youthfulness,
s Let no one despise you for your youth,
ἀλλὰ τύπος γίνου τῶν πιστῶν
instead be an example [a model or type] to the believers
but set the believers t an example
ἐν λόγῳ,
in [your] words,
in speech,
ἐν ἀναστροφῇ,
in [your] behavior,
in conduct,
ἐν ἀγάπῃ,
in [your] love,
in love,
ἐν πίστει,
in [your] faith,
in faith,
ἐν ἁγνείᾳ.
in [your] purity.
in purity.
ἕως ἔρχομαι πρόσεχε τῇ ἀναγνώσει,
Until I return, devote yourself to the reading [of Scripture],
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture,
τῇ παρακλήσει,
to exhortation,
to exhortation,
τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ.
to teaching.
to teaching.
μὴ ἀμέλει τοῦ ἐν σοὶ χαρίσματος,
Do not neglect the gift of grace in you,
u Do not neglect the gift you have,
ὃ ἐδόθη σοι διὰ προφητείας
given to you through prophecy
which was given you v by prophecy
μετὰ ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν τοῦ πρεσβυτερίου.
after the council of elders laid their hands on you.
when the council of elders w laid their hands on you.
ταῦτα μελέτα,
Practice [or be diligent] in these things,
Practice these things,
ἐν τούτοις ἴσθι,
dive into them,
immerse yourself in them, 1
ἵνα σου ἡ προκοπὴ φανερὰ ᾖ πᾶσιν.
so that your progress is visible to everyone.
so that x all may see your progress.
ἔπεχε σεαυτῷ
Pay attention to yourself
y Keep a close watch on yourself
καὶ τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ,
and to the teaching.
and on the teaching.
ἐπίμενε αὐτοῖς•
Persist in this,
Persist in this,
τοῦτο γὰρ ποιῶν καὶ σεαυτὸν σώσεις
for by doing so you will save yourself
for by so doing you will save z both yourself
καὶ τοὺς ἀκούοντάς σου.
and [also] your hearers.
and a your hearers.
1) Pray 2) Read 1 Timothy 4:12-16. Summarize main point. 3) Explain Arc: a) I've taken 16a-16e to be an inference of the entire passage. b) 12a-15c I've taken as an Action-Purpose. c) 16c-16e is the Action-Result of the passage. Introduction What is good leadership? Many say good leadership depends on giftedness, experience, knowledge. As good as those things are they're not ultimately what good leadership is about. Ultimately, a good leader faithfully lives out the gospel and faithfully teaches the gospel (v.16). He is called by God to live out the gospel and teach the gospel for the salvation of himself and his flock. I. Ministers Live Out the Gospel (v.12) Professional leadership=power not weakness; skill not character; success not failure. Christian leadership is upside down! We lead in weakness, Christ-like character, and depend on grace. Like Jesus, we are called to be servant-leaders. How? We are called to be examples of Jesus in our... a) Speech--tells the truth, builds others up with their words, rebukes in love, etc. b) Conduct--behaves like a Christian at home, church, work, community. c) Love--loves his family, his flock, difficult people, has a heart for the lost. d) Faith--admits he is powerless to do life and ministry on his own. He finds strength in God, not himself by crying to him in prayer. e) Purity--is sexually pure, above reproach in relationships, LOVES his wife! II. Ministers Teach the Gospel (vv.13-14) The ministry of the Word is central to gospel ministry. God's Word is our final authority to lead others in love. This involves three elements: 1) Scripture needs to be read . We desperately need to hear from God! 2) Scripture needs to be explained . We need expository preaching to convict us! 3) Scripture needs to be applied . We need to be instructed towards lasting change! Leverage your gifts (of preaching) for the glory of God and for the good of the flock (v.14). Why? The elders affirmed your calling. More than that, the Holy Spirit affirmed your calling! Summary: Paul Tripp says, "A good pastor doesn't just have the ability to exegete God's Word, but also has the ability to exegete the hearts of God's people" (paraphrase). Paul charges Timothy and us to practice these things (e.g. living out the gospel and teaching the gospel) for this purpose: that everyone may see our progress. Becoming a leader doesn't happen overnight, but over time (v.15). God is at work in each one of us! That's encouraging! III. For Everyone's Salvation (vv.15-16) Paul's last charge to Timothy and us: pay close attention to your life and doctrine . Why does all this matter? What's on the line? If we persist in godliness and sound teaching, something miraculous will happen: we will save both ourselves and those in our care. Ungodly/unhealthy ministers will produce an ungodly/unhealthy church. In other words, exhibiting godliness with our lives and teaching sound doctrine as leaders results in salvation! Now, on the surface it seems like Paul is saying that we are responsible for the salvation of those in our care. Is he really saying that? In one sense, "Yes," but not the way you'd expect. We are responsible not to be their savior, but to point them to the only one who can save them: Jesus! That's why Paul says, "The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost" (1 Tim 1:15). You and I are flawed and powerless to save ourselves. We need a Savior! That's the whole point of gospel ministry! We are not the heroes of our people and ministry. Jesus is! That is really good news! We are imperfect shepherds in need of the perfect Shepherd. At times I feel like a barely qualified elder. But, that's why I need Jesus, the only fully qualified Elder of 1 Timothy 3. When we honestly admit this about ourselves with our lives--when we faithfully proclaim this in our teaching, salvation happens! That's why Jesus is our only hope and salvation for fruitful gospel ministry.
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