1 Timothy

1 Timothy

Dr J Stewart Gillespie

Systematic teaching on Paul's first letter to Timothy by Dr J Stewart Gillespie

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1 Timothy chapter 4 vs 6 to 10 - The Making of a Minister - JS Gillespie  

Timothy had a lot on his plate: 

  • Doctrinal problems (chp 1) 
  • Jewish Mysticism (chp 1) 
  • Moral Problems (chp 1 + 4) 
  • Ecclesiastical Problems (chps 2+3) 

Some of the false teachers have been feeding the Christians with a very unbalanced diet of: 

  • Marriage (v3) 
  • Meats (v3) 
  • Mysticism (v7) 

They were attempting to find spiritual satisfaction through: 

  • Relationships 
  • Rules 
  • Religious stories 

This was  long way away from reality 

Timothy's ministry is to overcome with the fruit…

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1 Timothy chapter 4 verse 2 - The Making of a Hypocrite - JS Gillespie   

'speaking lies in hypocrisy' (vs2) 

One word which caught my attention 


One word and yet it is a word for the day that we live in 

The word for the actor in Greek 

The man behind the mask 

A man who pretended to be what he was not 

This is a word for today! 

Virtual reality 
Social media 
Status symbols 

Hypocrisy is a characteristic which ought to be completely absent from the Christian not only because it's not nice but because it is absent from Christ! 

Christ was exactly what…

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1 Timothy chp 3 vs 16 - Mystery and the 37 Trillion Pieces of You - JS Gillespie  

Great is the mystery of Godliness: 

@ the heart of the universe 

@ the centre of creation 

@ the wellspring of life 

There is mystery 

One of the great tragedies of 20th and 21st Century is that, that mystery has to some degree been obscured, as if all is already explained. 

The sceptical minds of many have managed to convince many that there really is no mystery, that all is explicable, empirical explanations exist using the laws of physics and biology which exist within that system to explain the system…

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1 Timothy chapter 4 - The Triumph of Timothy - Dr J Stewart Gillespie  

In the day in which we live there is a great need for Timothys 

For spiritual men and women who triumph amidst the the turmoil and tragedy of 'departure'(4:1) from Christ, from the truth. 

Men who triumph not because of who they are or what strengths or abilities they possess. 

Men who triumph not with the strength and confidence of a Samson but rather with a faith that overcomes the fear of a Gideon, with dependence that springs from the vulnerability of a David. 

As Timothy meets the challenges, it is not…

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1 Timothy chp 2 vs 9 to 15 – The Worth of Womanhood - J Stewart Gillespie  

  1. Woman Before Self (2:9) – Worth and value 
  2. Women and men (2:11-14) – Headship 
  3. Woman before God (2:15) – Salvation 

If there's an elephant in the room! 

First time in generations that this section of the scriptures would be regarded as controversial, maybe even derogatory or subversive. 

On issues of gender society swings between extremes: 

Devaluing femininity – the woman as the possession of her husband, with few or no legal rights – hinted at in the cultures lieing behind the scriptures…

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