Enduring Values for Leadership Development

Enduring Values for Leadership Development Drawn from a Study of 1 Timothy

By Allen Quist 

The Challenge Facing Timothy

Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to battle false teachers for the true faith (1 Tim. 1:3-4; 6:20-21) and to redirect people to giving honor to God (1:16-17; 6:15-16). He exhorted Timothy to discern falsehood and to fight against false teachers’ (1:3, 6-10, 4:1-3, 10, 5:19-20, 6:3-5,9-15,17-19,20-21) and to model godly living (1:5, 12-16, 18-19, 2:1-2, 3:1-15, 4:6-8, 12-16, 5:1-3, 19-23, 6:11-16, 20-21). Besides encouraging Timothy to fight the good fight, he directed Timothy to teach others truth (1:3, 5, 2:5-15, 3:1-13, 15-16, 4:1-5, 11, 5:1-25, 6:17-19).

The vast contrast between Timothy’s culture and the standard for kingdom life within God’s fictive family demanded leaders who could discern truth from falsehood (1Tim. 1:3-4). To combat those who are trying to dissuade believers from the true Gospel, Paul lists qualifications for spiritual leaders to help Timothy and others discern the true from the false teachers (1Tim. 3:1-13).

The recipients of Paul’s First Letter to Timothy lived in the Greco-Roman society and culture – a culture counter to the world Paul sought for the Next Pagechurch. The Greco-Roman society and culture, coupled with the efforts of the Jewish legalists (1 Tim. 1:7), acted as a powerful negative driving force on the first century church. It was a battle; a battle Paul committed himself to winning with a sense of urgency to counter the false teaching in every way possible.

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