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A Beautiful Household (Pt.1): Men Who Pray, Women Who Work, and The God Who Saves

March 10, 2019 Preacher: David Schrock Series: The Living Church: How the Gospel Builds God’s Household

Topic: New Testament Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:8–2:10

Second Timothy 3:16 says, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

1 Timothy 2:9–15 is profitable for all God’s people. Unfortunately, this passage has often been misunderstood, misused, and even denied. Some have used this passage as a proof text to keep women quiet in church. Others have rejected Paul’s words because it smacks of male patriarchy.

All in all, this passage IS a difficult one. Yet, we can make sense of it by paying attention to the context of 1 Timothy. In the flow of Paul’s letter, these verses play an important role of showing how gospel-centered men and women worship God together—something obstructed by the old covenant. In this way, 1 Timothy 2 is not meant to give a place for men to exclude women from learning, speaking, or filling key roles in the church.  It is meant to affirm the GOODNESS of men and women and the complementary ways they serve God together.

RESPONSE QUESTIONS

If you are leading discussion on this passage, consider leaving a lot of open space for women to share how this passage has impacted them and how male leadership has helped of hurt them.

  1. Open ended: How have you seen this passage taught. applied, or misapplied? Do you have a general positive or negative stance towards these verses?
  2. How does your previous experience with 1 Timothy 2 and the way pastors have handled it impact your approach today?
  3. In the letter, how does this passage fit? What comes before it; how does that inform this passage? What comes after it; how does that inform this passage?
  4. How does seeing this passage in terms of God’s household and Paul’s instructions to men and women help you understand or apply this passage?
  5. How does understanding the temple in Jerusalem and the temple in Ephesus help us understand Paul’s words?
  6. What are the good works that Paul focuses on for men in verse 8? How might we apply this today?
  7. What are the good works that Paul focuses on for women in verses 9–10? Compare 1 Timothy 5:10. How might we misread this passage?
  8. What can our church do to better apply these words?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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