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: firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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)