TIDBITS IN TIMOTHY
I TIMOTHY 4:6-16 –THE GOOD MINISTER
• Satire: “The Perfect Pastor”
• What odd or peculiar expectations have you held or ever heard of for a Christian minister?
THE GOOD MINISTER
• He Knows What to Preach and Teach, v. 6
• Continual focus on core Christian doctrines and godly living principles, to the point of repetition!
• Compare II Peter 1:12-15, 3:1-2
• The listener who always yearns for something new and “exciting” is like the evil and adulterous generation that always seeketh after a sign, Matthew 12:39.
• Explanation / Application of what he’s learned and what has helped himself live and grow, v. 6b.
• Compare v. 12; Hebrews 13:7
• He Knows What NOT to Preach and Teach, v. 7
• Gives no time to extra-biblical “revelation”
• Or to philosophies of men
• He Knows Whom He Must Please, v. 6
• I Thessalonians 2:3-6 • Galatians 1:10
• The pastor who tries to please people, and the people who expect it, will all be frustrated together.
• He Knows Both the Extent and the Limit of His Authority, v. 11
• “These things…”
• He Knows That His Own Spiritual Growth Is Important Enough to Work At, vv. 6-8
• Always remember that preachers are growing in Christ just like other Christians.
• How should this affect our view of them? • He Knows He Will Face Difficulties, v. 10
• He Knows How to Use His Spiritual Gifts, v. 14
• Compare Colossians 4:17; II Timothy 4:5
• He Puts Himself Wholly Into the Ministry, v. 15
• Compare Acts 6:4
• He Keeps Watch Over His Own Behavior, v. 16
• Compare Acts 20:28