1 Timothy 3 Bible Study

1 Timothy 3 Outline


– A bishop must possess kingdom values because working for God is a noble task (1 Timothy 3:1)

– Qualities a bishop should possess (1 Timothy 3:2-3)

– A bishop must be respected in the family and know how to teach his children well (1 Timothy 3:4-5)

– A bishop must not be a recent convert (1 Timothy 3:6)

– A bishop must have a good reputation so that he can be a good testimony to others (1 Timothy 3:7)

– Qualities a deacons should possess (1 Timothy 3:8-12)

– Those who do a good work for God will gain the respect of others (1 Timothy 3:13)

– Paul wrote the letter to teach Timothy how to teach the Ephesians Christians to conduct in case he couldn’t make it to him (1 Timothy 3:14-15)

– The mystery of the godliness of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:16)

1 Timothy 3 Bible Study


In 1 Timothy 3:1, a man who wants to be a leader in the church must show good Christian values because serving God is a noble and honorable task.

In 1 Timothy 3:2-3, any man wants to be a bishop must blameless. A bishop is an overseer, someone who leads and oversee the church. A bishop is a church leader. This means that no one should be able to find any weak point in him as ground to accuse or attack him. The leader must have a track record righteous behaviors and obey all God’s commandments so that no one can accuse him of sinning.

A bishop must be husband of one wife and not have affairs or interests with other women.

A bishop must be vigilant and not give in to wrath. It is not wrong to be angry but we should not keep being angry until the sunset (Ephesians 5:26). In Psalm 4:4, in your anger, you should search your hearts and try to be calm and not sin. In James 1:20, keeping anger in your heart does not bring about the righteous life that God demands.

A bishop must be sober and serious. He must be able to think clearly and carry out God’s work efficiently. In 2 Timothy 4:5, we must watch in all things, endure afflictions, do evanglism work and make full proof of our ministries before God. In 1 Peter 5:8, we should be sober and vigilant because the devil, like a roaring lion, walks about and looking for weak people to devour. In 1 Peter 4:7, how things will turn out to be depend on how we deal with it so we must be sober and watch to prayer.

A bishop must be of good behavior. He must be disciplined and well behaved and possess all the godly qualities.

A bishop must be hospitable and be generous to others. He must always welcome people into their homes. He must be friendly with people regardless of their status and position. In Romans 12:16, we must live in harmony with one another. We must not be proud and associate with people of lower status and position.

A bishop must be apt to teach. He must know and understand God’s words in the bible so that he can teach others.

A bishop must not be given to wine. Christians can drink alcoholic beverages but they must not overdo it until they get drunk or be addicted to it. We should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as it can cause addiction and it is bad for our health.

A bishop should not be a striker, not violent, but be calm in all circumstances. We should never take revenge or try to hurt our enemies back but always be ready to forgive them. We should leave all vengeance to God instead of taking things into our own hands by using violence.

A bishop must not be greedy for filthy lucre. Church leaders must use legitimate ways to make money. They must not compromise and break God’s laws in order to make money. Some church leaders open bars, sell secular music CDs, sell t-shirts with worldly slogans and etc with excuse to attract people to believe in Jesus but this is wrong. It is also wrong for church leaders to sell on the Sabbath days regardless of whether you are running the business or letting someone running the business (Jeremiah 17:27; Nehemiah 10:31; Deuteronomy 5:14). Sabbath day is a day of rest and we should rest from all our work on this day. On the Sabbath day, you should spend all your time for God for example pray, worship, do visitation, serve at the church and etc. Christians must observe the Sabbath day even though it is an old testament commandment (Matthew 19:16-30).

A bishop must be gentle and not rude towards people.

A bishop must not be quarrelsome and always looking for ways to quarrel with people. When problem occurs, we should stay calm and not quarrel over it but try to solve it amicably.

A bishop must not be covetous. He must be contented and not be envy or jealous of what other people have.

A bishop must rule his own house well. He must be respected in the home by his wife and children. He must teach his children how to live their lives for God. Whenever the child do wrong, he should rebuke and correct him so that he will turn back to God.

In 1 Timothy 3:5-6, a bishop must not be a novice otherwise he will have pride in his heart. Pride leads to various kinds of evil. Pride comes before the downfall. God exalts the humble and bring low those who are proud. Sometimes, promoting a newly convert believer into leadership position can cause pride in the person and cause him to be proud. The devil’s downfall comes from his pride. He became so proud that he felt that he should be greater than God so God threw him down from heaven into hell (Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:7-9).

In 1 Timothy 3:7, a bishop must be good reputation with outsiders. If a church leader has a bad reputation, he will not have a good testimony for Jesus. People may not respect and put their trust in him.

In 1 Timothy 3:8-12, deacons must possess all the qualities as mentioned above, like the bishop. He must not indulge in wine and pursue dishonest gain. They must be husband of one wife, be able to teach their children and manage household properly, does not gossip or slander about people, have a good temper and can be trusted in the tasks assigned to them. In 1 Timothy 3:10, Paul said a man must first be tested before he can become a deacon. A person must have a long track of record godliness before he can become a deacon. In 1 Timothy 3:13, those who serve God well will gain respect and standing in the community and have great assurance of their faith in Jesus Christ.

In 1 Timothy 3:14-15, Paul wrote the letter to inform Timothy how to run the Ephesian church since he cannot make it to him right now.

In 1 Timothy 3:16, Jesus Christ manifested in flesh, being born through the virgin, Mary. Mary conceived Jesus through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He was justified by the Holy Spirit as who he declared to be, the son of God. He was justified by who he claimed to be when the Holy Spirit in the dove form descends on him and a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ (Matthew 3:17). Jesus Christ was raised from the dead to life on the third day after the crucifixion by the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 3:18).

Jesus was seen by angels on many occasions. In Mark 1:13, angels came to minister to Jesus after he overcame the devil’s temptation. In Luke 22:41-43, Jesus prayed for God to prevent the crucifixion from taking place but he prayed that God’s will be done nevertheless. Then, an angel appeared from heaven to strengthen him. In Matthew 28:2-7, an angel with countenance like lightning and clothing white as snow rolled back the stone of Jesus’ tomb and sat on it. He advised the women not to be afraid for Jesus has already risen from the dead. Then, he showed them the tomb where Jesus was lay is now empty.

Jesus was preached among the nations as the gospel. The gospel is anyone who believe in Jesus Christ and confess his sins and repent can be saved and receive eternal life.

Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and sat at the right hand side of God after he appeared on many occasions to his disciples (Romans 8:34).