Summary: Respecting & Rebuking the Saints - 1 Timothy chapter 5 verses 1-24 - sermon by Gordon Curley. PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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• Good advice to older members (vs 1-2)

• Good advice to widows (vs 3-16)

• Good advice to church leaders (vs 17-25)


Quote: G.K. Chesterton (the influential English writer of the early 20th century):

“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice,

and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”

• Many of us have that rebellious or proud spirit within us;

• We don’t like to be told what to do!


“We could all save ourselves a lot of words if we'd only remember that people rarely take advice unless they have to pay for it.”

• One of the signs that you are getting older is when;

• The things that your parents said to you start making sense!

Quote: Samuel Coleridge (19th-century English poet.).

“Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.”

(1). Good Advice to Older Members (vs 1-2)

“Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.”

• I guess we don’t like to admit that we are in the ‘old’ bracket;

• Commentators suggest that this age group would be anyone fifty and over.

• To this age group that the apostle called ‘older men’:


• Advantages of being over 50

• In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.

• No one expects you to run into a burning building.

• People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

• There's nothing left to learn the hard way.

• Things you buy now won't wear out.

• You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.

• You get into a heated argument about pension plans.

• You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

• Your eyes won't get much worse.

• Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than those guys on the TV.

• Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

• TRANSITION: The ‘older men’ here is those who are over 50.

• And the apostle Paul warns Timothy to be careful in his relationships with older folk.

• His job as a leader was to exhort and encourage them;

• Rather than rebuke and groan and whine about them.

The Church is a family not a business or an entertainment centre:

• It should recognise the needs and problems of the older believers;

• And seek to help them.

• While younger men and women can be rebuked;

• But rebuked as ‘brothers’ or ‘sisters’

• In other words, Timothy could rebuke them a little more directly and a bit less gently.

• The apostle says that older folk need dealing with in a more gentle way;

• Timothy was not to be abrasive or needlessly offensive to them.

(2). Good Advice to Widows (vs 3-16)

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