“Home-Study Lesson: Colossians–1 Timothy (Unit 26)” New Testament Seminary Teacher Manual (2016)
“Home-Study Lesson: Unit 26,” New Testament Seminary Teacher Manual
Paul wrote to Timothy, a priesthood leader in Ephesus, and counseled him to be an example of the believers.
Note: In this unit, students studied the scripture mastery passage 2 Thessalonians 2:1–3. You could review this passage with students by asking them to summarize the truths it teaches. To help students memorize a portion of this passage, you may want to recite verse 3 a few times as a class.
Bring a paper clip, a piece of string, tape, and a magnet to class. Tie one end of the string to the paper clip, and then tape the other end of the string to a desk or table. Hold the magnet close to the paper clip without the magnet touching the paper clip. The magnetic force should cause the paper clip to move toward the magnet. Move the magnet around to show how it influences the movement of the paper clip.
If the paper clip represents a person, what might the magnet represent?
Ask students to think about how they have been like the magnet and influenced others. Invite them to look for a principle as they study 1 Timothy 4 that teaches us how we can be a positive influence in the lives of others.
Summarize 1 Timothy 4:1–11 by explaining that Paul prophesied that in the “latter times” (verse 1) some Church members would depart from the faith and follow false teachings and practices, such as “forbidding to marry” (verse 3). Paul exhorted Timothy to nourish the Saints with true doctrine.
Invite students to read 1 Timothy 4:12 silently, looking for what Paul counseled Timothy to be. Explain that the word conversation in this verse refers to conduct or behavior (see 1 Timothy 4:12, footnote c). Ask students to report what they find.
What do you think it means to be “an example of the believers”? (You may want to suggest that students mark this phrase in their scriptures.)
In what ways did Paul counsel Timothy to be an example of the believers? (List students’ responses on the board.)
Invite a student to read 1 Timothy 4:13–16 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for additional advice Paul gave that would help Timothy be an example of the believers.
What additional counsel from Paul may have helped Timothy be an example of the believers?
According to verse 15, why did Paul tell Timothy to meditate upon the doctrines Paul taught and to give himself completely to living them? (So that others could see how doing so profited Timothy.)
Based on Paul’s teachings in verse 16, what can result as we strive to be examples of the believers of Jesus Christ? (Using students’ words, write a principle similar to the following on the board: If we are examples of the believers of Jesus Christ, we can help bring salvation to ourselves and others.)
How can being an example of one who believes in and follows Jesus Christ help bring salvation to others?
Invite students to review the list on the board and consider the ways in which Timothy was to be an “example of the believers” (1 Timothy 4:12). Ask the class to describe ways someone can be an example in each of these areas.
When has someone acted as an example of the believers for you in one of the ways Paul mentioned? (You may want to share an experience from your own life as well.)
Invite students to write a goal in their class notebooks or scripture study journals regarding how they can be examples of the believers of Jesus Christ and thereby help bring salvation to themselves and others.
Invite students to consider some of the challenges of being a disciple of Jesus Christ today. Explain that as they continue to study Paul’s teachings in the coming week, they will learn truths that will help them remain faithful despite hardships and persecutions.