Timothy was one of Paul's trusted companions. Paul was looking for leaders to maintain and expand the dominion of Jesus Christ. In doing so, he enlisted men of character (the quality he thought most important in a church leader).
Paul's letters to Timothy are addressed from his prison in Rome. The first letter is optimistic of his release, the second carries a forboding of Paul's martyrdom at the hands of Nero. Yet in both letters Paul realizes that he must pass the leadership of his ministry on to younger hands. In doing so he wants to make certain that the men who are to take up the mantle will be well instructed in their duties and obligations.
The letters to Timothy as well as the one to Titus were meant as a guide for his followers on how to continue his work, including the expansion and maintenance of the church. In his epistles Paul defines the duties of deacons, elders and bishops. He lays out rules of conduct for all Christians. He reminds Timothy to instruct new Christians to a clean and moral life. He urges him to find and train others to continue the good work and to oversee the administration of the church. He especially advocates a hardy self-discipline upon not just Timothy, but all Christians.
The study of Paul's letters to Timothy as well as his letter to Titus are excellent for those considering ordination, positions as elders or deacons or anyone interested in what the bible has to say about church governance. A chapter or two of each book can be taken as a short study. An in-depth and extended study is recommended to include 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus.
Timothy and Titus: A Life Application Bible Study is inexpensive and contains 13 lessons, charts, maps, study questions and notes. Visit our Life Application page for more information on how to use this work in a Bible study.
Timothy, Titus and Philemon, by William Barclay is great both as an in-depth study for a group and as a daily guide for individuals. Visit our page on Barclay for more information on how to use Barclay's works in a Bible study.