"THE FIRST EPISTLE TO TIMOTHY" Chapter Two OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To appreciate the importance and place of prayer, especially in the lives of men 2) To notice God's desire for the salvation of all men, therefore offering Christ as a ransom for all, not just a select few 3) To understand the proper adornment of women, and their place in the public teaching of the church SUMMARY Having reminded Timothy of his charge to remain in Ephesus and "wage the good warfare," Paul now begins instructing Timothy in matters that involve the church. He starts with a call to prayer, defining for whom and why we should pray. His desire is that men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting (1-8). Just as men are to pray everywhere, so women are to adorn themselves properly. This involves modest apparel worn with propriety and moderation, but it also includes good works, as is proper for women professing godliness. Also proper is women learning in silence with all submission. A woman is not permitted to teach or to have authority over a man. Basing this restriction on the relationship of Adam, Eve, and the fall, Paul reminds them they can be saved in their natural role of childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control (9-15). OUTLINE I. THE PRACTICE OF PRAYER (1-8) A. THE SCOPE OF PRAYER (1-7) 1. Supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks are to be made for all (1) a. For kings and all who are in authority (2a) b. That we may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and reverence (2b) 2. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior (3) a. Who desires all men to be saved and know the truth (4) b. For there is one Mediator between God and men (5a) 1) The Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all (5b-6a) 2) To be testified in due time, for which Paul was appointed a preacher and an apostle (6b-7a) a) Paul speaks the truth in Christ and is not lying (7b) b) A teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth (7c) B. A CALL TO PRAYER (8) 1. For men to pray everywhere (8a) 2. Lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (8b) II. INSTRUCTIONS FOR WOMEN (9-15) A. THEIR ADORNMENT (9-10) 1. With modest apparel (9a) a. With propriety and moderation (9b) b. Not with braided hair, gold, pearls, or costly clothing (9c) 2. With good works, which is proper for women professing godliness (10) B. THEIR SUBMISSION (11-15) 1. To learn in silence with all submission (11) 2. Not permitted to teach or have authority over a man, but to be in silence (12) a. For Adam was formed first, then Eve (13) b. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression (14) 3. A woman will be saved in childbearing if they continue in... a. Faith b. Love c. Holiness -- With self-control (15)
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1) What are the main points of this chapter? 2) What four things does Paul exhort be made for all men? (1) 3) Who else are we to pray for? Why? (2) 4) What does God desire for all men? (4) 5) Who is the one mediator between God and men? (5) 6) For whom did Jesus give Himself as a ransom? (6) 7) What did Paul desire that men do? (8) 8) How are women to adorn themselves? (9-10) 9) How are women to learn? (11) 10) What did Paul not permit a woman to do? (12) 11) What two reasons does Paul give for these limitations on women? (13-14) 12) What are the women encouraged to continue in? (15)