Questions for Reflection for Study of 1 Timothy

We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this devotional blog has been created to help with regular Bible reading and study even in the midst of these busy times. Here is a link to “Questions for Reflection” to help stimulate thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.

Here is a link to all the devotionals done so far.

Index of devotionals

Anyone can join in as we journey together. The concepts presented in God’s Perfect Timing offer ideas for using time wisely.

The lessons of God’s Plan for Us offers a plan to making an impact in the world in which we live.

The reading plan below will be used to hold me accountable to sharing about God’s word. As I share about my study of the book of 1 Timothy over the next few weeks, it’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Christ as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day amazing!

Questions for Reflection

1 Timothy 1:1-17
Why did Paul leave Timothy at Ephesus? What is the threefold origin of love? What is the purpose of the law? How is Paul’s life an example for us in being patient in our Christian walk?

1 Timothy 1:18 through 2:7
To what extent are faith and a good conscience related in your life (See verse 1:5)? How do they contribute toward your waging a good warfare? What does God desire from us? How is access to God possible?

1 Timothy 2:8-15
What are the actions and attitudes of acceptable prayer? What does Paul say should adorn a woman? What are the adjectives and adverbs used in this passage? Is this principle of a woman’s status peculiar to Paul’s time or generally applicable today?

1 Timothy 3:1-13
What negative characteristics should you eliminate from your life? What positive ones should you cultivate? How can you eliminate the negatives and gain the positives?

1 Timothy 3:14 through 4:5
How does Paul relate the practical arrangements of the church to the meaning and purpose of the church? What is the core or great mystery of Christianity? What is needed for faith to truly take hold and make a difference in your life?

1 Timothy 4:6-16
What will be Timothy’s defense against false teaching? What should be the aim and result of your Bible study and living today? In what ways will your life be an example for others to follow today? What gifts has God given you? How can you use these gifts to help yourself and others today?

1 Timothy 5:1-16
What practical advice does Paul give for helping widows and elders? What three basic principles does Paul use to meet this problem? Are there things you can do for a family member? Is there a neighbor near you that could use an act of kindness?

1 Timothy 5:17 through 6:2
What four dangers is Timothy urged to guard against within a church? What are you doing to help your church, organization, or neighborhood be a positive influence on your community? Considering 6:1-2, what should be your attitude toward your employer?

1 Timothy 6
What are the characteristics of false teachers? How does the Christian’s aim and motive differ from theirs? How important is your daily study of Scripture to know sound doctrine?

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.

Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God: A Daily Study Guide to the Entire Bible. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1978. Print. 
“Sermons.” Sermons | FUMC Waco. N.p., n.d. Web.  <https://fumcwaco.org/resources/sermons/>.
“Bible.” The Bible – The Word of God – ChristNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 2017. <http://www.christianity.com/bible/>.
Nicholes, Lou. “Recent Commentaries.” Family-Times.net – Devotional Commentary Index. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.family-times.net/commentary/>.
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“BibleGateway.” BibleGateway.com: A Searchable Online Bible in over 150 Versions and 50 Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. <https://www.biblegateway.com/>.
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From Sorrow to a Brighter Tomorrow

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
   I wait for God my Savior;
   My God will hear me. – Micah 7:7

Israel was in miserable condition as pointed out in the post “Our Hope”. But we know today that the situation for Israel and for the whole world would go from sorrow to a brighter tomorrow.

Our attitude should be of hope in time of difficulty because when things are at their worst, the change process starts and the old ways are wiped clean so that the new improved ones can develop.

Don’t be shaken and put your hope in the Lord. Find peace for the soul while waiting patiently and sing to the Lord songs like My Hope is in You by Aaron Shust. 


Index of devotionals

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Our Hope

As explained in Micah 7, the world was in an unhealthy spiritual condition. The rulers demanded gifts, judges accepted bribes, and corruption was like an out of control cancer. It was so bad, people could put no trust in human relationships. Sons and daughters rebelled against parents, spouses fought against each other, and neighbors turned against each other.

Even in this time of rampant sin, Micah’s attitude towards his relationship with God was one of hope. He believed that God would bring the world out of the darkness and into the light. We now know that what Micah believed in would come about in God’s Plan through Jesus Christ.

Every Christmas Eve, my church has a candlelight service. Below is a photo captured while each person holds a lighted candle in their hand representing the light of Christ!

Our growing faith is never depleted because each time we share the gospel message, the light of Christ shines brighter.

Our hope today is in Christ whose pardon erases guilt. We are thankful that His power changes our attitude from negative to positive. Your purpose on the Cross transforms our sorrows into brighter tomorrows.  Today Lord we have no fear because of our trust in Your protection. Your promise is to provide for our needs and believe You will secure daily victories. Amen.

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