Thoughts On The Biblical Book of Timothy

So what’s the Book of Timothy all about and why do we call 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus “Pastoral Epistles”?  Find out as you listen to Pastor Terry’s message and follow along with the notes below.

pual-in-prisonIntro:  “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.”  Leaders declare strong statements.


Mark 3:24-25 (NASB95)
“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.


Whenever you study a biblical book, you need to answer several questions about the book so you can have a good mental context…

1.        Who Wrote the Books of Timothy & Titus?

Paul – for over 1700 years the church has recognized that Paul wrote these 3 books and that they need to be included in the recognized cannon of scriptures.  It wasn’t until 200 yrs. ago that liberal theologians began to question the authorship… Why; Mainly because of the hard teaching on leaders and leadership within the 3 books.


2.        To whom were they written? (Map)

                The Books of 1 & 2 Timothy was written to Timothy while he was in Ephesus

                Titus was written to Titus while he was ministering at Crete.

                Both Men are Busy Developing leadership in the churches

3.        When were they written?  (Timeline)

                1 Timothy – 62 A.D. (After his release from prison) TIMELINE

                Titus – 62 A.D. (Again, after his release from prison)

                2 Timothy – 65 A.D. (During his 2nd Roman Imprisonment)

4.        Why were they written?

To give specific teaching on the topic of Leadership in the church…



5.        What’s the main message?

Good (godly) Leadership:

  • Qualities of our leaders (1 Tim. 3)
  • The Character of our leaders (1 Tim. 6:11-16)
  • The calling of leaders (affirmed by the church) (2 Tim.1:6)
  • Leaders confront in love (2 Timothy 2:25)
  • Godliness, Good teaching, Sound Doctrine, faith, grace (1 Tim. 6:3)



  • Our Teaching is for a purpose (avoid meaningless conversations) (1 Tim. 4:12-15) (2 Tim. 2:2) (Titus 2:9)

Key Verse(s):

1 Timothy 3:14-15 (NASB95)
I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.


2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NASB95)
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Titus 2:11-14 (NASB95)
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.


Application Points:

  1. Read / Study The 3 Books
  2. Lead / Get Involved
  3. Understand Your Calling
  4. Be Teachable

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