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1 Timothy 3:1-16 Discussion Guide


1 Timothy 3

Group Discussion Questions:

As you reflect on the sermon this week, how did the Holy Spirit speak to your heart? Was there a verse/passage that stood out to you? Share why the verse or passage struck you. How would you summarize Jim’s message?

In a Nutshell

Paul explained the leadership and character qualities which Leaders within the church must have, with special emphasis on character, family, and faithfulness. Paul called everyone to live exemplary lives as he wrote of the high value God places on the church and the close relationship it has with Christ. Without Christ, the church would not exist. We must know who we belong to and what he expects of us and then align ourselves accordingly He concluded the chapter with a hymn of confession summarizing our beliefs about Jesus the Christ.[1]

Read and discuss verses 1-7

  • Why are church leaders meant to be models in character, family life, and relationships? Could the reasons you give filter down to your own life and the areas in which you have authority? What are the implications for our own lives?
  • Look back over the character traits listed. Are they evident in your own life? How so? Are you lacking in any area? Ask God to help you help grow in these areas.

Read and discuss Verses 8-13

  • Discuss the differences between the standards for elders/pastors and the deacons. What are the common characteristics for both? Why are they similar?
  • Discuss the implications of applying the standards of 1 Timothy 3 personally and practically.

Read and discuss Verses 14-16

  • How are we to live in the church today? If you truly believe the confession of faith at the conclusion of 1 Timothy 3, what difference does that make in your life? What does it say about life in community?
  • Why Is growth in godly character not meant to be a private matter. How does living open and honest lives in community cause us to grow in godly character?

Application: How did the Holy Spirit speak to your heart today? What personal implications can you make? Ask yourself, “What do I need God to do in me or through me as a result of today’s discussion?”


[1] Larson, K. (2000). I & II Thessalonians, I & II Timothy, Titus, Philemon (Vol. 9, p. 189). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

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