Summary: Paul gives Timothy the keys to a successful ministry.

Ministry Instructions

1 Timothy 6:1-21

I. Labor in Love (v. 1-2)

a. Regard bosses with respect and love (v. 1; Ephesians 6:5; Titus 2:9-10; 1 Peter 2:18)

b. Especially regard Christian bosses with love (v. 2; Galatians 3:28)

II. Gain from Godliness (v. 3-10)

a. Avoid confusion (v. 3-5; 1 Timothy 1:4; 2 Timothy 2:14)

b. The secret to godly gain (v. 6-8; Philippians 4:11; Hebrews 13:5)

c. Worldly riches downfall (v. 9-10; Luke 12:21)

III. Pursue Purpose (v. 11-16)

a. Purpose’s pursuit (v. 11-12; Philippians 3:12)

b. Purpose’s passion—Christ’s second coming (v. 13-16)

IV. Give Graciously (v. 17-19)

a. Use your resources with much grace (v. 17-18; Romans 12:8)

b. Give for the future (v. 19; Matthew 6:20)

V. Avoid Arrogant Arguments (v. 20-21)

a. Be on guard against false “knowledge” (v. 20; 2 Timothy 1:14)

b. Arguments lead astray (v. 21; 2 Timothy 2:16)

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