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1Timothy, Chapter Two, Lesson One

ACCEPTABLE PRAYER   1Timothy 2:1-4             Download this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** At the end of chapter one, in our study of 1Timothy, we learned the five forms of Satan’s attack upon the church. Do you recall what they were?

1) Satan attacks the church by blinding the minds of unbelievers to the gospel.
2) Satan attempts to devastate those who are already saved by trying to destroy their faith and trust in God.
3) Satan attacks the church by attacking marriage and the family.
4) Satan attacks the church through her leaders.
5) Satan attacks the church through false religious systems.

** What were the three components of Paul’s command to Timothy which are designed to prepare us for making a “Conscientious Effort” in representing and defending the truth?

“...fight the good fight...” It is warfare!
“...keeping faith...” Guarding the truth!
“...and a good conscience...” Living in obedience!
We need to correct error and faithfully represent the truth of the gospel to all that the Lord brings across our path.

MOTIVATE

** Up to this point in his epistle, Paul has been calling Timothy to the arduous task of instructing the false teachers in Ephesus not to teach strange doctrines. Here in chapter two he begins to give Timothy specific instructions on how he can set things right in the Ephesian church.

Over the next four studies we will see Paul explain:

ACCEPTABLE PRAYER - 1Timothy 2:1-4
APPOINTED PREACHER - 1Timothy 2:5-7
ADORNED PROPERLY - 1Timothy 2:8-10
AUTHORITY PRESCRIBED - 1Timothy 2:11-15

Where should Timothy begin? The answer comes from the “Acceptable Prayer” he and the Ephesian believers were to offer up to God. Let’s read our passage together and set our hearts upon God’s word.

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