1 Timothy 6:1-21 Comments by Stephen Ricker
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Practical Application of the Word
Comments for Study 5

1 Timothy 6:1-21
Memory Verse: 7

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I. Slaves and Masters (6:1-2)

>1. What is a yoke and how does it correspond to slavery?

* 1 Timothy 6:1 "All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered."

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>What are the ways a person became a slave in Roman society?

* "slavery"

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>Is the common worker today a type of slave?

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>How should a slave conduct himself?

* "should consider their masters worthy of full respect"

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>Why?

* "so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered"

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>2. Why might a believing slave look down on his master if he is also a believer?

* 1 Timothy 6:2 "Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them."

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>What must slaves with believing masters do?

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>How should a believing master utilize a believing slave?

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II. Love of Money is the Root of all Kinds of Evil (6:3-10)

>3. If someone teaches from the Bible does it mean that all his teachings are from God? (3)

* 1 Timothy 6:3 "If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,"

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>How can we know sound doctrine so that we can spot a false teacher?

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>What is the motivation of false teachers? (4a)

* 1 Timothy 6:4a "he is conceited and understands nothing."

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>What tools do they use to keep people off balance? (4b-5a)

* 1 Timothy 6:4a "He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind"

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>What is false teachers ultimate goal?

* 1 Timothy 6:5b "who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain."

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>4. What does verse 6 mean?

* 1 Timothy 6:6 "But godliness with contentment is great gain."

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>What is the truth about riches found in verse 7?

* 1 Timothy 6:7 "For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it."

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>5. What is one way to spot a true believer and Bible teacher? (8)

* 1 Timothy 6:8 "But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that."

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>6. Why shouldn't a believer want to get rich? (9)

* 1 Timothy 6:9 "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction."

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>What is the constant temptation of the rich? (10)

* 1 Timothy 6:10 "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

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>Are rich believers excluded from the troubles that wealth brings?

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III. What to Flee and Pursue (6:11-21)

>7. What should a man of God flee?

* 1 Timothy 6:11 "But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness."

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>What should he pursue?

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>8. What is the life of faith compared to in verse 12?

* 1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses."

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>What kind of confession is Paul talking about?

* 1 Timothy 6:13 "In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you"

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>How did Jesus do such a confession?

* 1 Timothy 6:14 "to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,"

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>9. What do we learn about God's character in verses 15 and 16?

* 1 Timothy 6:15-16 "which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen."

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>10. How should rich Christians use their wealth? (17-18)

* 1 Timothy 6:17-18 "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."

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>Why? (19)

* 1 Timothy 6:19 "In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."

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>What is the final instructions Paul gives Timothy?

* 1 Timothy 6:20-21 "Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you."

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