Relationships and Responsibilities
by Dr Gregory Magruder | November 17, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Gainesville, FL 11/17/19
"Relationships in the Church and Responsibilities in Society”
1 Timothy 5:1 - 6:2
INTRODUCTION: Paul instructs Timothy on how to lead a local church. After discussing worship and praise in the church, Paul teaches Timothy how to administer the church. He gives guidelines on how to approach various issues that arise in the local congregation. Paul shifts from worship to the subjects of doctrine and belief. He then turns to relationships in the church and responsibilities in society. Church relationships should reflect love, respect, and integrity. Christians have a responsibility to show society a better way to live and work.
BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS IN THE CHURCH.
*Treat your relationships in the church like family interactions. “Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity” (5:1-2).
*Set up guidelines for aid and charity to church members.
- The church should care for widows in genuine need. “Honor widows who are truly widows…She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day” (5:3-5).
- Family should take care of relatives in need. “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God…But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (5:4-8).
- Place restrictions on who can receive help. Let women who are mature in the faith minister to other women in need. “Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work” (5:9-10).
- Encourage younger women to take care of their own homes. So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander” (5:14).
*Support and honor your pastors and leaders. “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, ‘You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,’ and, ‘The laborer deserves his wages’” (5:17-18).
*Follow strict procedures if you discipline pastors and leaders. “Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear” (5:19-20).
*Be careful when choosing pastors and leaders. “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure” (5:21-22).
PRESENT A CHRIST-LIKE EXAMPLE TO SOCIETY.
*Take care of your physical health. “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments” (5:23).
*Respect your boss as a witness for Christ. “Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled” (6:1).
*Work hard as if working for Christ. “Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved” (6:2).