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"THE FIRST EPISTLE TO TIMOTHY" Be An Example To The Believers (4:12) INTRODUCTION 1. Instructing Timothy as to his obligations, Paul charges him to "be an example to the believers..." - 1Ti 4:12 2. The word "example"... a. Comes from the Greek word "tupos" b. Used here in the sense of being a pattern, an example, for others to follow [We shall examine what sort of example Paul has in mind, but let's first stress that Timothy is not the only person who ought to be an example...] I. THOSE WHO OUGHT TO BE EXAMPLES A. MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL... 1. Such as Timothy - 1Ti 4:12 2. Such as Titus - Tit 2:7-8 -- Preachers and evangelists should certainly set a good example for others B. SHEPHERDS OF THE FLOCK... 1. As Peter charged the elders - 1Pe 5:1-3 2. As the Hebrew writer encouraged his readers to follow their faith - He 13:7 -- Elders (i.e., bishops and pastors) should provide an example worth following C. FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS... 1. Certainly true of mature Christians - Php 3:15-17 2. Can also be true of new Christians (e.g., the new church at Thessalonica) - 1Th 1:6-8 3. And true of younger Christians (e.g., Timothy) - cf. 1Ti 4:12a -- All Christians, young and old, should strive to be examples to one another! [Now let's consider...] II. THE KIND OF EXAMPLES WE SHOULD BE A. AN EXAMPLE IN "WORD"... 1. Many understand Paul to refer to speech, personal conversation (cf. Barnes) a. Certainly Christians are to be careful in their speech - cf. Ep 4:29,31; 5:4,12 b. Their speech should be with "grace" (remember Jesus?) - Co 4:6; cf. Lk 4:22 2. Others think Paul was referring to doctrine, what one taught (cf. Clarke) a. That one teach nothing but the truth, that which accords to God's Word b. Timothy was to be careful regarding doctrine - cf. 1Ti 4:6, 13,16 -- Whether in private conversation or public teaching, Christians should set an example of speaking the truth with grace B. AN EXAMPLE IN "CONDUCT"... 1. The KJV uses the word "conversation"; the ASV has "manner of life" a. The Grk. is anastrophe - "manner of life, conduct, behavior, deportment" - Thayer b. "The word 'conversation' we now apply almost exclusively to oral discourse, or to talking. But it was not formerly confined to that and is never so used in the Scriptures. It means conduct in general - including, of course, our manner of speaking, but not limited to that - and should be so understood in every place where it occurs in the Bible." - Barnes 2. Regarding our conduct or manner of life, it should: a. Demonstrate meekness and wisdom - Jm 3:13 b. Display holiness, reverence, purpose - 1Pe 1:15-19 -- Not only is our conduct to be an example to the believers, but honorable among unbelievers - cf. 1Pe 2:11-12 C. AN EXAMPLE IN "LOVE"... 1. The KJV uses the word "charity"; most other translations have "love" a. The Grk. is agape - "brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence" - Thayer b. A popular definition is "active good will" 2. The love we are to display is to be manifested toward: a. God and our brethren - Mt 22:37; 1Jn 4:11 b. Our fellow man including our enemies - Mt 22:39; 5:44 -- In a world where love is often lacking, Christians should exemplify the virtue D. AN EXAMPLE IN "SPIRIT"... 1. Most translations omit the phrase "in spirit"; not found in the oldest manuscripts 2. The Grk. is pneuma - as used here, it refers to zeal, disposition or attitude 3. That Christians should be fervent in spirit is clearly taught elsewhere: a. In reference to good works - Tit 2:14 b. In reference to our service to the Lord - Ro 12:11; Re 2:4 c. In reference to our love for one another - 1Pe 1:22; 4:8 -- Christians should provide an example of enthusiasm in their service, not lethargy! E. AN EXAMPLE IN "FAITH"... 1. Nearly all translations read "faith"; the ISV reads "faithfulness" a. The Grk. is pistis - "assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity" - Strong b. It can refer to either the belief one has (as in God), or to the fidelity and faithfulness of one's character 2. Both should be true of the Christian: a. Possessing a strong belief or faith in God and Christ - He 11:6 b. Displaying the character of faithfulness and dependability - Re 2:10 -- "At all times, and in all trials show to believers by your example, how they ought to maintain unshaken confidence in God." - Barnes F. AN EXAMPLE IN "PURITY"... 1. Virtually all translations use the word "purity" a. The Grk. is hagneia - "purity, sinlessness of life" - Thayer b. In the NT, used only here and in 1Ti 5:2 2. Moral or sexual purity, both in thought and act, seems to be the idea a. "There should be nothing in your contact with the other sex that would give rise to scandal." - Barnes b. "Chastity of body and mind; a direction peculiarly necessary for a young minister, who has more temptations to break its rules than perhaps any other person." - Clarke -- As Paul would instruct Timothy later, all Christians should "flee youthful lusts" and "pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace..." - cf. 2Ti 2:22 CONCLUSION 1. Are we calling on the Lord out of a pure heart...? - cf. 2Ti 2:22 a. Calling upon Him for our salvation? b. Calling upon Him for our sanctification? 2. Then let our example be one that illustrates the power of the gospel to impact... a. Our words b. Our conduct c. Our love d. Our spirit e. Our faith f. Our purity What kind of church (people) would we be if everyone followed our own example in these things? May this question motivate us to examine our lives and correct any deficiencies that we may find...
The World English Bible
Gen 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, he made him in God's likeness.
Gen 5:2 He created them male and female, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Gen 5:3 Adam lived one hundred thirty years, and became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
Gen 5:4 The days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 5:5 All the days that Adam lived were nine hundred thirty years, then he died.
Gen 5:6 Seth lived one hundred five years, and became the father of Enosh.
Gen 5:7 Seth lived after he became the father of Enosh eight hundred seven years, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 5:8 All the days of Seth were nine hundred twelve years, then he died.
Gen 5:9 Enosh lived ninety years, and became the father of Kenan.
Gen 5:10 Enosh lived after he became the father of Kenan, eight hundred fifteen years, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 5:11 All the days of Enosh were nine hundred five years, then he died.
Gen 5:12 Kenan lived seventy years, and became the father of Mahalalel.
Gen 5:13 Kenan lived after he became the father of Mahalalel eight hundred forty years, and became the father of sons and daughters
Gen 5:14 and all the days of Kenan were nine hundred ten years, then he died.
Gen 5:15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Jared.
Gen 5:16 Mahalalel lived after he became the father of Jared eight hundred thirty years, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 5:17 All the days of Mahalalel were eight hundred ninety-five years, then he died.
Gen 5:18 Jared lived one hundred sixty-two years, and became the father of Enoch.
Gen 5:19 Jared lived after he became the father of Enoch eight hundred years, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 5:20 All the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty-two years, then he died.
Gen 5:21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah.
Gen 5:22 Enoch walked with God after he became the father of Methuselah three hundred years, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 5:23 All the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years.
Gen 5:24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
Gen 5:25 Methuselah lived one hundred eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech.
Gen 5:26 Methuselah lived after he became the father of Lamech seven hundred eighty-two years, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 5:27 All the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty-nine years, then he died.
Gen 5:28 Lamech lived one hundred eighty-two years, and became the father of a son,
Gen 5:29 and he named him Noah, saying, "This same will comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, because of the ground which Yahweh has cursed."
Gen 5:30 Lamech lived after he became the father of Noah five hundred ninety-five years, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 5:31 All the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy-seven years, then he died.
Gen 5:32 Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Mat 3:1 In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
Mat 3:2 "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!"
Mat 3:3 For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight."
Mat 3:4 Now John himself wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
Mat 3:5 Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him.
Mat 3:6 They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
Mat 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, "You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Mat 3:8 Therefore bring forth fruit worthy of repentance!
Mat 3:9 Don't think to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father,' for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Mat 3:10 "Even now the axe lies at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn't bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
Mat 3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire."
Mat 3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
Mat 3:14 But John would have hindered him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?"
Mat 3:15 But Jesus, answering, said to him, "Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed him.
Mat 3:16 Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him.
Mat 3:17 Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
Have you ever been in the position of just not knowing what to do next? Wait for God to show you the way. Easy to say, hard to do. With practice, you can do it, just try!!! How? Through God's word of course. Here is an excerpt from the 119th Psalm for insight...
Psalm 11933 Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your statutes.
I will keep them to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law.
Yes, I will obey it with my whole heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in them.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes,
not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.
Revive me in your ways.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
that you may be feared.
39 Take away my disgrace that I dread,
for your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I long for your precepts!
Revive me in your righteousness.
Psalm 119 is divided by the letters of the Hebrew alphabet for memorization purposes. So, these verses are meant to be thought of as one. In them, we are to long for God's word more than our own desires and look for The Almighty's work in our lives. But, what stands out to me the most is our attitude toward HIM. If we desire to learn, we will eventually be guided. So, listen, learn and wait; you won't be in the hallway forever!!!