The Marks of Discipleship, Part 1

The Marks of Discipleship, Part 1

Paul met Timothy when he visited the city of Lystra in Asia Minor.  Timothy was half-Greek, half-Jewish, and brought into the faith by Paul.  He eventually accompanied Paul on two of his missionary journeys.

1 Timothy was written sometime between A.D. 64 and 65, when Timothy was serving as a church leader in the city of Ephesus.  Some members doubted Timothy’s leadership because he was young.  Paul wrote concerning the organization of the church and Timothy's own leadership within the body.  The epistle includes warnings against false doctrines, teachings on prayer, the roles of women, qualifications for church leaders, the treatment of widows, elders, masters, youth, and church members in general.

This is the first of a 2-part sermon series.  (We will go through 2 Timothy later in the year.)  Through the instructions given to a young church leader we will reflect upon the many hindrances to Christian growth and, by God’s grace, develop the marks of authentic discipleship.


Speaker: Jonathan Webster
Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:1-25
Date: 2021-05-23

1 Timothy 5:1-25 (NIV)

Widows, Elders and Slaves

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.

Speaker: Jonathan Webster
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:11-16
Date: 2021-05-16

1 Timothy 4:11-16 (NIV)

Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

Speaker: Guest
Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:16-4:10
Date: 2021-05-02

1 Timothy 3:16-4:10 (ESV)

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh,
    was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
    was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
    was taken up in glory.

Speaker: Guest
Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-16
Date: 2021-04-25

1 Timothy 3:1-16 (ESV)

Qualifications for Overseers

3 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

Speaker: Ian Ma
Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1-15
Date: 2021-04-18

1 Timothy 2:1-15 (NIV)

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7 And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.