1 Timothy 4:4-5

"Everything God made is good, and is meant to be gratefully used, not despised. The holiness or otherwise of a certain food, for instance, depends not on its nature but on whether it is eaten thankfully or not, It is consecrated by the man who has accepted the message, and thanks God for food." – 1 Timothy 4:4-5


1 Timothy 1:1-7

1:5-7 – The ultimate aim of the Christian minister is to produce the love which springs from a pure heart, a good conscience and a genuine faith. Some seem to have forgotten this and to have lost themselves in endless words.


1 Timothy – JB Phillips Translation


Above is the link for the JB Phillips Translation of the new testament.  For this study, I have decided to read and memorize scripture out of this translation this time.  I generally study out of the King James Version, but I want the straight-forward, modern wording of the JB Phillips right now.  I need to hear it plain.  I need to speak it plain. 

1 & 2 Timothy – Starting Again

Because of our recent move, all of our regularly scheduled programming around here was no longer regular and definitely not scheduled.  The kids are now doing their own bible studies.  Our 12yo is reading through the book of Proverbs this month, one chapter a day.  Our 16yo said she has already read through Proverbs twice and will be reading through Luke this month.  I am starting 1 Timothy again and I’m writing it out in my notebook, but I’m adding another great component to the writing, which I’m going to explain…right…now….


This fall, we’ve been learning the techniques from the IEW writing program. (Click link if you’re interested)  And I’m attempting to create a keyword outline with each paragraph in my bible study.  I can see this is really sinking me into understanding the text.  For example, this morning I was trying to think of how to break down the following part of a verse into the fewest keywords and symbols:

"As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus…"

I thought a good break-down would be:

Paul (eye symbol) (arrow pointing to…) Timothy, Abide @ Ephesus

So, when I read my own outline, I would say that Paul was looking to Timothy to live at Ephesus.  And that alone makes me ask why?  And that leads me to the next portion of the text:

"…when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine."

…which could be broken down this way:

Paul (arrow pointing to…) Macedonia, Timothy, lightning bolt, "doctrine" inside a circle with a line through it.

So, Paul went to Macedonia, leaving Timothy to "charge" others not to teach any other doctrine.  Other…hmmm…other than what?  More questions and more answers ahead.


1 & 2 Timothy – Updated & Moved

For the month of June, (See October 2008 blog entries) we are starting another bible study.  We will be reading and writing out  both the 1st and 2nd new testament books from the Apostle Paul to Timothy.  I have linked the daily readings to the online JB Phillips translation of the NT, but we will be writing out the verses from our real, live KJV bible .  Do whatever works for you.  Also, we will listen to the rest of the series by John MacArthur on the parable of the prodigal son.  (We may do the rest of them at a later date)

This week’s schedule:

Mon: 1 Timothy 1:1-11      A Tale of Two Sons – The Licentious Son         

Tue: 1 Timothy 1:12-20      A Tale of Two Sons – The Loving Father Pt. 1

Wed: 1 Timothy 2:1-8       A Tale of Two Sons – The Loving Father Pt. 2

Thu: 1 Timothy 2:9-15      A Tale of Two Sons – The Loving Father Pt. 3

Fri: 1 Timothy 3:1-7             A Tale of Two Sons – The Legalistic Son Pt. 1