1 Timothy 4:12 - 5:2

Feb 12, 2023    Pastor Steve Feden

"Lead by Example" - 1 Tim 4:12 - 5:2

In this next section, Paul is "rapid-firing" some encouragement to young Timothy as he faces opposition from those he needs to correct. This is as delicate as defusing a ticking bomb, and those that Timothy needs to correct will certainly not be corrected easily.

It turns out they are making Timothy's young age -- probably early 30s - an issue. I am sure they are expressing the fact that he is too young and inexperienced to be able to lead or to know anything worthy of their aged intellect. But [and I think you will agree] spiritual maturity and chronological age do not necessarily correlate! In other words, a 20 year old might have the maturity of a 50 year old, and a 50 year old might act more like a teenager!

How should Timothy handle this? Should he shout louder? Should he defend himself more aggressively? In a simple and profound statement, Paul gives some of the best leadership advice ever. In fact, it's great advice for parenting, coaching, or any other area where you exert an influence.

What is the advice? Join me at 11am and you will be certain to discover the answer! Prepare yourself tonight by spending a few minutes in prayer asking God to make you humble and receptive and to fill you with His Word and Spirit!