Paul and Timothy
Accountability is not guaranteed by any certain relationship since the but this act of encouragement provided a necessary link between Paul and the fulfillment . The relationship between Paul and Timothy in the New Testament offers a model for mentoring and ministry. Paul referred to Timothy as his. (2) Have we been correct in using the relationship between Christ and the twelve and between Paul and Timothy as a model for discipleship?.
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Believe in the ministry of the next generation. Older leaders have the benefit of experience, and may be tempted to use it as a weapon to criticize young leaders for their mistakes, which they often make in projects born of enthusiasm and faith. Paul sent Timothy on several sensitive assignments, then supported him with advice as he worked hard and navigated the uncertain tasks and relationships of ministry, even after he was known as a leader in his own right.
During some moments in their lives Paul and Timothy could talk sitting by the campfire, while at others their communication was more occasional and long distance. Some ministry settings offer short bursts of intense interaction to build mentoring relationships, such as serving on a team or teaching in a ministry preparation school.
Conclusion The biblical case study of the spiritual development of Timothy and his mentor the apostle Paul powerfully illustrates the chain of relationships that transmit faith from one generation to the next in the people of God. Each Christian leader is partly a Timothy, needing a wiser older leader to love, encourage, and guide him or her through the maze of life and ministry.
In the same way all Christian leaders, no matter their age, can serve in a mentoring role like Paul, listening to, believing in, and guiding those who come behind them. New Bible Dictionary, s. Since Paul and Barnabas in Lystra did not preach first in a synagogue, as was their custom, there may not have been enough adult Jewish males to establish one Acts Holman Bible Publishers, Cross and Elizabeth A.
Oxford University Press, Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, s. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, eds. Peter and John, Acts and to the ministry of the word Acts 6: The bottom line is simply this: We rightly recognize that the Great Commission was not merely a command to the eleven apostles. It was a mandate to the church, of which they were the foundation Ephesians 2: More than this, it is not a command to every Christian to apply independently so much as it is for the church corporately.
Discipleship is the corporate responsibility of the church. Although every Christian should give testimony of his faith, some are given the gift, the special, spirit-given ability, to evangelize Ephesians 4: The church is the body of Christ 1 Corinthians What He began to do and to teach, the church is to continue Acts 1: No Christian individually and independently can fully represent or reflect the person of Christ. Only the church can do this corporately. Each and every Christian is a valuable member of His body, and each has its unique function 1 Corinthians Then what should we do as individuals to carry out our part of this Great Commission?
At last, we have come to the heart of the matter. It all boils down to a matter of gifts and calling. It was their task to lay down the terms of salvation.
It was their calling to lay down the foundation for the church Matthew They had a particular function and role to play in the carrying out of the Great Commission, but it was not their task alone. They did not feel compelled to go, but to stay, for they were not called, as was Paul, to preach to the Gentiles. If you and I are to be responsible Christians and obedient to the Great Commission, we should look to our individual gifts and calling to determine what part we are to play in its outworking.
It is here that I find one of my haunting questions answered. Were the twelve or the eleven if you would disciples really more spiritual than the rest?
There were no women among the eleven, and yet who were those last at His grave and first at the empty tomb? You see, we have made the eleven our pattern for discipleship. If we were really spiritual, we suppose, we, too, would leave our secular jobs and spend all our time preaching the gospel. Were the other disciples less spiritual for not following the lifestyle and ministries of the eleven? Are you less spiritual today because you have to work at a secular job? I find it very instructive to learn that those who constituted the first evangelistic thrust of the church were not full-time, ordained, theologically trained formallymissionaries.
If you are reluctant to take my word for it, read Acts 8: To be spiritual, to be obedient to the Great Commission, is not necessarily to quit your job, leave your loved ones, and become a full-time foreign missionary. Even the eleven do not meet this requirement fully. To carry out your part in the Great Commission is to employ your spiritual gift and follow your calling in conjunction with the other members of the body of Christ, His church. But What of Paul and Timothy? And if what I have suggested does no more than stimulate your thinking and Bible study, I have accomplished my task.
No conclusions on the matter of discipleship will hold water which do not take into account the relationship of Paul and Timothy. Let me begin by mentioning the only New Testament passage I am aware of which uses the term disciple with respect to Paul and other men: The only disciples which Paul could have had would have been his disciples as an unbelieving Rabbi.
Those would have been men faithful to Paul, who traveled with him on the road to Damascus cf. Now to Paul and Timothy, some fifteen years or so after his conversion. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium.
Paul had disagreed with Barnabas so strongly over taking Mark on a second missionary journey that the two had separated Acts Paul took Silas and began traveling through Syria and Cilicia. Paul invited him to join the group. Nothing here implies a relationship patterned precisely after that of Christ and His disciples.TiMOTHY PT.1 - Instructions from Apostle Paul
Timothy was invited to become a member of the team because he was proven faithful, not primarily to be taken along to be made useful. Here, again, we have come to the central issue.
3 Phases of a Paul and Timothy Relationship
That Paul is not speaking of discipleship is obvious. Our Lord spoke universally of discipleship—that is, it was for men of every nation Matthew But Paul spoke in a restricted sense. Paul limits his command to Timothy to the matter of a particular gift and calling. That Timothy should have a more intimate relationship with a selective group of men I do not challenge. But the goal of this relationship is not discipleship but ministry. It was sympathy in his care for the Philippians that he sought for in his messenger.
And that is the noblest form of like-mindedness that we can desire -- some one to hold the ropes for us. Note, too, that Paul does not weakly complain because he had no helpers.
Good and earnest men are very apt to say much about the half-hearted way in which their brethren take up some cause in which they are eagerly interested, and sometimes to abandon it altogether for that reason.
Be a Barnabas; Pursue a Paul; Train a Timothy
May not such faint hearts learn a lesson from him who had 'no man like-minded,' and yet never dreamt of whimpering because of it, or of flinging down his tools because of the indolence of his fellow-workers? There is another point to be observed in the Apostle's words here.
He felt that their attitude to Christ determined his affinities with men. He could have no deep and true fellowship with others, whatever their name to live, who were daily 'seeking their own,' and at the same time leaving unsought 'the things of Jesus Christ. Must we not say that hosts of so-called Christian people do not seem to feel, if one can judge by the company they affect, that the deepest bond uniting men is that which binds them to Jesus Christ?
I would press the question, Do we feel that nothing draws us so close to men as common love to Jesus, and that if we are not alike on that cardinal point there is a deep gulf of separation beneath a deceptive surface of union, an unfathomable gorge marked by a quaking film of earth?
It is a solemn estimate of some professing Christians which the Apostle gives here, if he is including the members of the Roman Church in his judgment that they are not 'like-minded' with him, and are 'seeking their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. He brings out with unflinching precision the choice which determines a life.
There is always that terrible 'either -- or. To live for self is death. To live for Jesus is the only life. There are two centres, heliocentric and geocentric as the scientists say. We can choose round which we shall draw our orbit, and everything depends on the choice which we make. To seek 'the things of Jesus Christ' is sure to lead to, and is the only basis of, care for men.
Religion is the parent of compassion, and if we are looking for a man who will care truly for the state of others, we must do as Paul did, look for him among those who 'seek the things of Jesus Christ. The prisoner's joy in loving co-operation. The Apostle's eulogium on Timothy points to his long and intimate association with Paul and to the Philippians' knowledge of him as well as to the Apostle's clinging to him.
There is a piece of delicate beauty in the words which we may pause for a moment to point out. Paul writes as 'a child serveth a father,' and the natural sequence would have been 'so he served me,' but he remembers that the service was not to him, Paul, but to another, and so he changes the words and says he 'served with me in furtherance of the Gospel. Paul's joy in Timothy's loving co-operation was so deep because Paul's whole heart was set on 'the furtherance of the Gospel. We may measure the ardour and intensity of Paul's devotion to his apostolic work by the warmth of gratitude which he shows to his helper.
They who contribute to our reaching our chief desire win our warmest love, and the catalogue of our helpers follows the order of the list of our aims. Timothy brought to Paul no assistance to procure any of the common objects of human desires. Wealth, reputation, success in any of the pursuits which attract most men might have been held out to the Apostle and not been thought worth stooping to take, nor would the offerer have been thanked, but any proffered service that had the smallest bearing on that great work to which Paul's life was given, and which his conscience told him there would be a curse on himself if he did not fulfil, was welcomed as a priceless gift.
Do we arrange the lists of our helpers on the same fashion, and count that they serve us best who help us to serve Christ? It should be as much the purpose of every Christian life as it was that of Paul to spread the salvation and glory of the 'name that is above every name.
Christian unity is very good and infinitely to be desired, but the true field on which it should display itself is that of united work for the common Lord.
3 Phases of a Paul and Timothy Relationship
The men who have marched side by side through a campaign are knit together as nothing else would bind them. Even two horses drawing one carriage will have ways and feelings and a common understanding, which they would never have attained in any other way.
There is nothing like common work for clearing away mists. Much so-called Christian sympathy and like-mindedness are something like the penal cranks that used to be in jails, which generated immense power on this side of the wall but ground out nothing on the other. Let us not forget that in the field of Christian service there is room for all manner of workers, and that they are associated, however different their work. Paul often calls Timothy his 'fellow-labourer,' and once gives him the eulogium, 'he worketh the work of the Lord as I also do.
Apparently Timothy at first had very subordinate work taking John Mark's place, and is described as being one of those who 'ministered' to Paul. It is the cup of cold water over again.