Summary: 3 of 3. Paul approached Timothy thru an accepted authority. The faithful Christian accepts God’s authority. But How do they recognize Christian authority? A qualifier of an accepted Christian authority is...

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Read names slowly.

What do the following names conjure up in your mind?

Adrian Rogers

Chuck Swindoll

Erwin Lutzer

John MacArthur

J. Vernon McGee

James Dobson

Charles Stanley

Rick Warren

Henry Blackaby

These may cause us to scratch our heads a bit:

David Koresch

Jim Jones

Mary Baker Eddy—Christian Science

Joseph Smith—Mormonism

Charles Taze Russell—Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sun Myung Moon—Moonies

Deepak Chopra

Oprah Winfrey

Peter Popoff

Robert Tilton

Benny Hinn

There are many people to whom we have access every day who attempt to 'show us' what ‘truth’ &/or ‘Christianity’ is really is all about.


In order to fill the shoes of the faithful, one must first recognize his/her authority.

We must be able to recognize true Christian authority in order to learn from it.


Who can I trust regarding spiritual matters?

Paul approached Timothy thru accepted authority.

The faithful Christian accepts God’s authority.

How do the faithful recognize Christian authority?

10 qualifiers of acceptable Christian authority.

Previously we have found some...

Qualifiers of an accepted Christian authority are a Recognized......





5. LORDSHIP(:1, 2)

6. HOPE(:1)

7—A qualifier of an accepted Christian authority is...

Recognized KINSHIP(:2)


:2—“To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, & peace from God our Father & Jesus Christ our Lord.”

This letter is written to a specific person named “Timothy.” Thereby Paul has purposes in mind, which pertain specifically to the recipient.

1Tim 3:14-15—“These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar & ground of the truth.”

Personal: “Timothy”—A friend. Someone who sticks by you thru thick & thin.

Intimate: “a true son”— There is a ‘blood-tie’ as it were. They have a father-son kindship which exists & is cemented by a spiritual bond. A son needs mentoring. A father willingly & lovingly shares his wisdom.

Timothy is considered by Paul, to be “a true son in the faith.” Thus Paul not only ‘begot’ Timothy thru the Gospel of Christ but Timothy is also called of God to pastoral evangelical ministry(2Tim. 4:2-5) according to that which pertains to “the faith.” Timothy is a legitimately sincere son in the faith of Jesus Christ, birthed & nurtured thru Paul’s outreaching ministry.

Working: “in the faith”—Their giftednesses coincide & are mutually beneficial as well as beneficial for the church. Paul mentors Timothy. Timothy refreshes Paul. The churches of all ages, including ours, are strengthened & built up in the faith.

1Cor. 4:14-17—“I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate me. For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved & faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.”

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