“The Church as God Planned It”
from the series Excellence in Ministry: Starting Strong—Doing What's Right in the Work of Ministry—A Study of 1 Timothy 1–3
1 Timothy 1:1–6, 18–20; 2:1–8; 3:1–13; 4:11–16
Shortly before his death, Paul wrote three letters on the subject of the local church—specifically on pastoral responsibilities within the church. These letters are 1 Timothy (written in AD 63), Titus (AD 63), and 2 Timothy (AD 67). The Pastoral Epistles, as they are commonly called, provide believers with the earliest and most reliable guidelines for the local church and how issues in the church should be handled.
Over the centuries, human tradition has often outshouted biblical principles and caused the church to get off course, which has resulted in every conceivable extreme in teaching and in doctrine, including heresy. In this expositional study of 1 Timothy, we return to the source—the Bible—and discover afresh how God planned the church to function.