Bible Proficiency Project
Week 42,  10/19 - 10/25, 2020

I.     1Timothy 2:1-3:13  Church Life

1.     For what purpose are we to pray for “all men” according to 2:1-2?

2.    How do the different words for prayer here differ or are distinguished?

3.    Is there a possible reason why Paul would direct the men to pray everywhere in verse 8  and then the

       women to dress with propriety in verse 9?

4.    Are the qualifications in  3:1-13 for a deacon or elder “special” qualifications?

II.    Tuesday — 1Timothy 3:14-4:5 False Doctrine

1.     According to 3:15 what is behind Paul’s writing?

2.    Why is the mystery of godliness without controversy?

3.    When are the latter times in 4:1?

4.    What should we look out for in these latter times?  

5.    What did Paul claim is the remedy?

III.   Wednesday — 1Timothy 4:6-6:21 Pastoral Guidelines

1.     Beginning with 4:6 who did Paul instruct?

2.    What does the Bible have to say about physical exercise and what is better?  

3.    In 4:10 how are we to understand Jesus as the Savior of all men?

4.    In what way is Timothy encouraged to be an example?

5.    What is the pastor’s perspective to be to continue to labor in godliness in ministry?

6.    What constitutes a widow worthy of church support?

7.    In 5:8 who is to be viewed as in the household required to be provided for?

8.    Who is a younger widow and what are they to seek to do?

9.    Who normally is to be viewed as an elder worthy of double honor, and what is the double honor?

10.   How important should contentment be to the Christian (6:6)?

11.    Sum up Paul’s final analysis at the end of this letter about what is most important.  

IV.   Thursday – Titus 1-3 Sanctification

1.     Who was Titus?

2.    What were the people of Crete like1:10-16?

3.    According to chapter 2, what goes on in a good church?

4.    What is the basis for God’s kindness and love toward us (3:4)?

V.   Sunday — 2Timothy 1

1.     How did Timothy become a Christian?

2.    When and where is it thought that 1Timothy and then 2Timothy were written?

3.    According to 1:9 what is the basis for our being saved?  

4.    Why do you think Paul pointed to predestination in 1:9?

5.    In what way is 1:12 a witness of what Paul based his faith upon as an example for us?  

6.    What does Paul conclude then is the seal of this assurance in 1:14?

Answers

I.     Monday — 1Timothy 2:1-3:13  Church Life

1.     This also included government leaders and the goal or subject for which we are to pray is to live peaceably

       and godly lives as Christians, and to have the ability to proclaim the gospel to all nations.

2.    Prayers refer to the generic or prayer in general, supplications to those definite things in which we make a

       request, and intercessions are where we pray for the needs of others. Giving of thanks would be

       expressions of gratitude for all benefits God bestows upon us and His people in the world. Including the

       actions of those in the world that are of benefit to the church.

3.    Paul spoke of his office of a teacher to the Gentiles in verse 7 and it may be that he has in mind the man’s

       office and role of being spiritual head and priest to his family (see Ephesians 5) and thus the responsibility

       of praying on behalf of the family that faith and peace be promoted. The women’s office and role being one

       of complimentary support Paul prays that they would seek godliness and good works to prevent being a

       distraction to the husband’s role. In other words, both have an important role to promote spirituality in the

       home only in different roles. Notice the context of verses 7-15 seems to be in the context of one’s relation

       to teaching offices.

4.    These qualifications are characteristics of every godly man, but in those who are to be leaders, they should

       be more mature. Leaders in the church are to function not only in giving godly leadership in the church but

       also they are to be examples of Christian.

II.    Tuesday — 1Timothy 3:14-4:5 False Doctrine

1.     That it is prescribed what proper behavior and character look like that is to exemplify the church of Christ.

2.    The meaning behind the word mystery here is the content of that which has not been known before but

       which has been revealed to an in-group or restricted constituency—‘secret, mystery. So what Paul said

       here is that in the New Testament we have through the experience of regeneration by the working of the

       Holy Spirit insight that is clear to us. We know that Jesus was Immanuel, that He was righteous and without

       sin, that angels testified to who He was, that the gospel has not been opened to the Gentiles and that the

       resurrection and ascension is a historical fact.

3.    From the time Jesus is received up into heaven until He returns.

4.    False teachers who will depart from the faith or seek to lead believers away from the faith. They will come

       as teachers in the church but their teachings will be against truth.

5.    To seek to serve God through everything in a way that is consistent with biblical practice guided by

       prayerful understanding.

III.   Wednesday — 1Timothy 4:6-6:21 Pastoral Guidelines

1.     Young pastor Timothy and minister of the gospel.

2.    Paul said the physical exercise does have some benefit, but that it is little  (of a relatively small quantity)

       when compared to spiritual exercise or godliness that yields eternal benefit – not just now for a little while,

       but it remains forever.

3.    This is not to be understood in the strict sense of salvation but in the general sense of bringing deliverance

       and provision to all creatures. It is in the sense that we pray for ungodly kings to serve the public good.

       This becomes of even greater perspective who understands the God will provide our daily bread, and

       preserve us from evil.

4.    He is to be witness to what it looks like to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Paul

       often uses this exhortation to be a model of something to be followed. In other places, he used the word to

       mimic or imitate me.

5.    That he would not only be concerned regarding his salvation but that he would look past that to be

       consumed by a desire for the salvation of those who hear him (both in the congregation and outside?).

6.    Paul seemed to indicate here that a widow is not someone whose husband has died, but who finds

       themselves without any family to care for them.

7.    Given the context, this would have in view not only one’s immediate family but also their parents and

       grandparents.

8.    Paul said under 60, but the context also speaks to much younger who are still able to have families, that

       they should remarry and be wives to new husbands.

9.    This has in view the teaching/preaching elder (pastor) and as all elders are worthy of honor the one who

       labors in word and doctrine ought to be supported financially so he can do that work of study, prayer, and

       teaching.

10.  Paul tied contentment to being satisfied with the pursuit of spiritual things even if it meant going without

       material things. His motivation had to do with the fact that your spiritual riches you take with you, but your

       material things perish.

11.   Beginning in verse 11 Paul summed up what is most important when he said pursue righteousness and then

       he said why at the end of verse 19 when he said that you may lay hold on eternal life.

IV.   Thursday – Titus 1-3 Sanctification

1.     Titus was a co-laborer with Paul on his missionary journeys. At the writing of this letter, Paul is in prison in

       Rome and Titus has been left to establish the church on the island of Crete.

2.    Like many churches, this one was a mixed bag with Jewish-Christians teaching a narrow view with OT

       rituals, next to gentiles who were caught up in false teachings and sinful living. This was a church that

       needed solid teaching, church discipline, and a loving and patient pastor.

3.    Paul’s focus is on nurturing godly living through the ministry of the church. He sums this up in verse 12 that

       we are to reject ungodliness and worldly lusts to pursue living godly in this present age.

4.    God’s mercy (v. 5).

V.    Sunday — 2Timothy 1

1.     He grew up a covenant child with a Christian grandmother and mother who taught the faith from his youth.

2.    The book of Acts ends with Paul’s third missionary journey and then his imprisonment in Rome. Historians

       from that period record that Paul was released from Rome in about A.D. 62 at which time he traveled to

       Spain on a fourth missionary journey. He was then arrested again by Nero and martyred in A.D. 68.

       1Timothy is thought to have been written during this fourth missionary journey and the second letter than

       during his later imprisonment (see 1:8, 12).

3.    Not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ

       before time began.

4.    He speaks of Timothy’s tears in 1:4 which may have happened at their last parting before this last

       imprisonment but Paul hopes to be released again. Nevertheless, Paul is making clear that what happened

       to him is determined by God – and thus he comforted Timothy to acceptance of his situation in the

       understanding of God’s providence grounded in predestination.

5.    Our assurance or the confidence we have in our salvation is not based on our works but on God’s ability,

       promise, and commitment to preserving (persevere) us until the Lord returns. In My Father’s hand; author

       and finisher of our faith, etc.

6.    He spoke to Timothy of holding fast the pattern of sound words which is accomplished and witnessed by

       others when life and doctrine become one and the same thing. This is Paul’s way of speaking of living

       biblically which is initiated but then also carried out to the end by the presence of the Holy Spirit in us.