1 Timothy 5:1-2
A. Letters written to Timothy by the apostle Paul.
1. Timothy on a ministry assignment in Ephesus to get this church on track and to remain on track.
2. The epistles / New Testament used to guide the New Testament church.
3. Several metaphors are used to describe the various characteristics of the church.
B. Metaphors of the Church
1. Branches (John 15:5)
2. A Body (1 Corinthians 12:12)
3. A Flock (1 Peter 5:2-3)
4. A Temple (Ephesians 2:20-22)
5. A Priesthood (1 Peter 2:5)
6. An Assembly (Hebrews 12:23)
7. A Holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)
8. A Kingdom (Revelation 5:10)
II. 1 Timothy 5:1-2
A. The metaphor of a family used in regards to 'Confronting Sin'.
1. Loving and caring relationships required to confront sins within the church.
B. The importance of younger people respecting and honoring their elders.
1. Elderly people: Wisdom and maturity produced by age and experiences.
2. Younger people: Opportunities to learn from their elders.
C. Confronting Sin begins from the pulpit.
1. The church is to be taught the truth about righteousness and sin.
2. The truth clearly and boldly taught will confront sin in the heart of the hearer.
3. Older and younger people in the church being taught their roles within the church family.
D. Developing a family environment within the church.
1. Fostering an atmosphere of openness, safety and trust.
2. 'Family values' taken from God's word.
3. Problem solving done according to their 'family values' (the Bible).
III. Galatians 6:1
A. "If anyone is caught in any transgression"
1. God's people in fellowship will afford sins being observed.
2. Any sin, big or small. We are not to wait until a sin becomes full-blown.
B. "You who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness"
1. Spiritual maturity is required to deal with problems like these.
2. Spiritually discerning: A proper grasp of the various metaphors of characteristics of the church.
C. "Restore him in a spirit of gentleness"
1. The purpose of confronting sin is to restore that person, and not to punish or destroy him.
2. To restore: To get them back to where God wants them.
3. Matthew 18:15-17
a. Confronting sin one-on-one: A sign of a healthy relationship.
b. 2 or 3 witnesses might be needed to clear up any misunderstandings.
c. The sinner that refuses to repent is to leave the fellowship of the church.
D. "Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted"
1. The nature of sin: If not confronted and stopped, it will spread.
2. The church leadership will be judged for any toleration of sin in the church.