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๐Ÿ‘‰ 1 Timothy 4:12 | "Set the believers an example in speech, in conduct.."

Book context, a prayer and reading to set the tone, PLUS a song to help you meditate..

Happy Monday, folks! This week, weโ€™re memorizing 1 Timothy 4:12!

๐Ÿ“ง In todayโ€™s emailโ€ฆ

  • ๐Ÿค“ Background context on 1 Timothy

  • ๐Ÿ™ A prayer and reading to set the tone for the week

  • ๐ŸŽต A song to help you meditate this week

Letโ€™s dig inโ€ฆ

 ๐Ÿง  Memorize

Let no one despise you for your youth,

but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

(Use our free web app to help you memorize in your favorite translation. Instructions to set it up are at the bottom of this email.)

Book Context & Authorship: 1 Timothy โœ๏ธ 

  • Author: Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, his young co-laborer in the spread of the gospel

  • When: Paul wrote this in between his two imprisonments.

    • Paul is believed to have been released from his first imprisonment in 62 AD, meaning that 1 Timothy was likely written in the mid-60s.

  • Purpose: Paul wrote 1 Timothy in order to help Timothy correct concerning issues that were arising at the church in Ephesus.

    • A group of leaders infiltrated the Ephesian church and were spreading incorrect teachings about Jesus and what it means to follow him.

    • Paul sent Timothy to confront these leaders and right the ship.

So in contrast to many of Paulโ€™s other letters (written to churches), 1 Timothy is written to a person.

Consider Paulโ€™s heart and words as he disciples a young leader in the early church!

More Background:

  • Ephesus was known for the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and was a center of pagan worship and diverse philosophical ideas.

  • When Paul left Timothy in Ephesus he instructed him to address false teachers in the church (1:3).

  • Paul hoped to return to visit Timothy at some point, but wrote to him in order to address Christian behavior in the meantime (3:14โ€“15).

"As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,  nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith."

1 Timothy 1:3-4

๐Ÿง  To learn more about the background and structure of 1 Timothy, check out this Bible Project video.

Apply & Respond to 1 Timothy 4:12 ๐Ÿ“– 

The first thing to internalize as we read and memorize 1 Timothy 4:12 this week is the call for us to set an example for others in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.

"..but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

1 Timothy 4:12

This calling is so clear, yet how often do we drop the ball in some of these areas!

Are there any that stick out to you that need work?

Invite God to work on you this week.

Pray ๐Ÿ™

Heavenly Father, as we memorize 1 Timothy 4:12 this week, reveal to me the areas of my life that do not set an example for other believers around me - my children, my coworkers, my spouse, my friends at church.

Please guide me this week, Lord. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear what You are wanting to do in my heart and life. Amen. ๐Ÿ™

Read ๐Ÿ“– 

Read 1 Timothy 4:6-16 slowly today, preparing your heart for the week and inviting God to speak to you.

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Bonus: Read it out loud at the dinner table with your friends or family.

Listen ๐ŸŽต 

Occasionally, there are songs we find that can help us meditate on the verse weโ€™re memorizing.

Here is a meaningful song that many of you will know already written by Matt Maher.

The lyrics express our deep dependence on God for strength and guidance, which aligns well with the need for divine help to live out the qualities of speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity each day.

Weโ€™re praying that this song leads you into a posture of worship and dependence this week!

See you in your inbox tomorrow as we dig deeper into 1 Timothy 4:12!

Have a great week! ๐Ÿ‘‹ 


Isaac (left) and Kieran (right)

p.s. Just for fun..


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