Current Study

1 Timothy (4)

1 Timothy 2:8-end: June 30th

  1. Verses 8-15 have been interpreted in a variety of ways. The Bible Project (a video we watched the first week) stated 3 possible views. 1) Women should never lead or teach men in any church, 2) Women shouldn’t lead, but with a biblical education they can teach, 3) The Ephesian women from 1 Timothy shouldn’t lead because they’ve been deceived by false teachers. How do you view verses 8-15 and what biblical text or principles back up your view?
  2. One rule of interpretation is to discern between universal instructions/principles and cultural expressions of them. Looking at the passage, identify the universal instructions, and the cultural expressions in Paul’s day.
  3. If Paul were writing this letter today, what might he say about the roles of men and women in your church?
  4. How would you answer a skeptic’s charge that Christianity is demeaning to women? Read Luke 8:2-3. How did Jesus give honor to women during His earthly ministry?
  5. What does it mean for men and women to dress appropriately? How can you avoid the temptation to focus more on appearances than on God in worship?
  6. Let’s be honest for a minute. Some biblical teachings are difficult in our time, and there is certainly a temptation to change or explain away hard texts to fit the crowd we are speaking to. Even Moses, an amazing leader, was called out by Jesus in Matthew 19:8-9 for changing biblical standards for his culture. Today, the church is evolving quickly based on social pressures. Can you name some good biblical changes and some not so good compromises the church has made?
  7. Is compromising biblical principles a necessity for keeping the church relevant? What can we do as members of the church to keep our ministries from becoming the groups of false teachers Paul warned about in chapter 1?
  8. How do we stay “seeker friendly” as a ministry yet not avoid hard truths? (Seeker friendly meaning open to helping people who aren’t yet ready to accept Jesus or follow his principles)