by Dave Gustavsen

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Series: 1 Timothy - Vintage Church
Dave Gustavsen
1 Timothy 5:1-16

One of the things that strengthens my faith, and reminds me why I’m a Christian, is the history of the early church. When you look at that little group of Jesus followers, and when you realize how little education they had, and how little political capital they had, and how little wealth they had…and then you see how rapidly this movement spread across the Roman Empire, it’s just incredible. There just has to be a supernatural explanation!

And one of the things that people were amazed about, from early on, was how Christians took care of the poor. We actually have writings from the Roman Emperor Julian in the 4th century. He was not a Christian, and yet he kept noticing how the Christians took care of each other. And it frustrated him. In one of his writings, he says, ''Not only do Christians take care of their own poor-they take care of outsiders. They’re doing what we’re supposed to do!'' So here was this Emperor saying, ''The state is supposed to take care of these people…and these Christians are showing us up!''

And that was one of the things that just grabbed people’s attention, and made people think that this new movement was the real thing.

So today we’re looking at a letter that was written about 300 years before Emperor Julian ruled. And it’s a letter written by Paul the Apostle to a young guy named Timothy. And in the section we’re looking at today, Paul is giving Pastor Timothy some guidance on how to take care of the needy-some of the neediest members of his church.

And the first two verses of chapter five really give him the key for this whole section.

So look at verses one and two: [1] Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, [2] older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. I don’t care who you are…that is really wise advice. And here’s the key…you ready? Treat the peopl ...

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