Jesus' family must show honour
1 Timothy 5:17-6:2
Jesus' family must show honour [draft sermon outline]
Published March 13th, 2018
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1 Timothy 5:17-6:2
17 Let the elders z who rule well be considered worthy of a double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, b “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, c “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except d on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, e rebuke them in the presence of all, f so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels g I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, h doing nothing from partiality. 22 i Do not be hasty in the j laying on of hands, nor k take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but l use a little wine m for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24 The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and n even those that are not cannot remain hidden. 6 1 o Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants 1 regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, p so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are q brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. False Teachers and True Contentment r Teach and urge these things.
1 Timothy 5:17-6:2
17 Οἱ καλῶς προεστῶτες πρεσβύτεροι διπλῆς τιμῆς ἀξιούσθωσαν, μάλιστα οἱ κοπιῶντες ἐν λόγῳ καὶ διδασκαλίᾳ. 18 λέγει γὰρ ἡ γραφή• βοῦν ἀλοῶντα οὐ φιμώσεις , καί• ἄξιος ὁ ἐργάτης τοῦ μισθοῦ αὐτοῦ. 19 κατὰ πρεσβυτέρου κατηγορίαν μὴ παραδέχου, ἐκτὸς εἰ μὴ ἐπὶ δύο ἢ τριῶν μαρτύρων . 20 Τοὺς ἁμαρτάνοντας ἐνώπιον πάντων ἔλεγχε, ἵνα καὶ οἱ λοιποὶ φόβον ἔχωσιν. 21 Διαμαρτύρομαι ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ καὶ τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν ἀγγέλων, ἵνα ταῦτα φυλάξῃς χωρὶς προκρίματος, μηδὲν ποιῶν κατὰ πρόσκλισιν. 22 χεῖρας ταχέως μηδενὶ ἐπιτίθει μηδὲ κοινώνει ἁμαρτίαις ἀλλοτρίαις• σεαυτὸν ἁγνὸν τήρει. 23 Μηκέτι ὑδροπότει, ἀλλʼ οἴνῳ ὀλίγῳ χρῶ διὰ τὸν στόμαχον καὶ τὰς πυκνάς σου ἀσθενείας. 24 Τινῶν ἀνθρώπων αἱ ἁμαρτίαι πρόδηλοί εἰσιν προάγουσαι εἰς κρίσιν, τισὶν δὲ καὶ ἐπακολουθοῦσιν• 25 ὡσαύτως καὶ τὰ ἔργα τὰ καλὰ πρόδηλα, καὶ τὰ ἄλλως ἔχοντα κρυβῆναι οὐ δύνανται. 6 1 Ὅσοι εἰσὶν ὑπὸ ζυγὸν δοῦλοι, τοὺς ἰδίους δεσπότας πάσης τιμῆς ἀξίους ἡγείσθωσαν, ἵνα μὴ τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ ἡ διδασκαλία βλασφημῆται. 2 οἱ δὲ πιστοὺς ἔχοντες δεσπότας μὴ καταφρονείτωσαν, ὅτι ἀδελφοί εἰσιν, ἀλλὰ μᾶλλον δουλευέτωσαν, ὅτι πιστοί εἰσιν καὶ ἀγαπητοὶ οἱ τῆς εὐεργεσίας ἀντιλαμβανόμενοι. Ταῦτα δίδασκε καὶ παρακάλει.
Jesus' family must show honour Introduction The theme of honour again In contrast to 'partiality'. Examples of 'favouritism' Relationship between 'just result' and 'just process' [cf sports technique or maths 'working'] 1. Show honour to elders (v17-25) v17-18 double honour to those who preach and rule well, and the reason from the 'civic' law, and Jesus' own instructions. [How we do it at TCC] v19 Don't unjustly accept a charge against an elder. [cf overhasty hiring and firing; cf football managers] What should you do if you have a problem with an elder? v20-21 Don't unjustly neglect to discipline elders either. NB such a weighty charge v21. Repeated refrain in the law 'one law for everyone'. [egs within A29] v22-23 Don't be hasty, but be pure [our eldership process] [a wider principle] v24-25 Everything will be revealed in due course [cf Lance Armstrong] Impressive, socially gifted pastors who turn out to be the abusive ones. Unimpressive, boring ones who turn out to be faithful warriors. 2. Show honour to masters (6v1-2) What first century 'slavery' was like. Similarities and dissimilarities to a 'workplace' today. v1 Honour your master so as not to bring God's name into disrepute v2 If your boss is a Christian, serve him well since he is family The gospel centre God's glory: he is just and impartial, and calls us to be in how we show honour. He gives one clear and open way to be in right relationship to him. FCF: Entitlement rather than honour. Pastoring for gain or nepotism, working for an easy life. Blatant - money, following, image, status. Subtle - inner circles of power. Not addressing sin which should be addressed. Jesus: perfectly impartial. His mixture of followers. Honouring all. Remaining pure. Preaches an impartial message; whoever believes in me will not perish. His work; he suffers injustice, false witnesses bringing false charges against him. No inner circles of elitism; whomever believes on his name, will be saved by his blood. In him - I pursue impartiality since it honours him. I believe in due process [itself a Christian heritage idea, not caste-based] I work hard whomever my boss is, since I work in God's name. Conclusion