(BI 108) Pastoral Epistles

Nine lectures surveying the Epistles of Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. The epistles of Timothy and Titus give practical instruction concerning local church conduct and the qualifications of pastors and deacons. The letter to Philemon is a personal letter with very relevant application about forgiveness.

Introduction To The Course

What are the New Testament Pastoral Epistles?
The Bible is divided into two main divisions: the Old Testament (Genesis- Malachi); and the New Testament (Matthew- Revelation). The Old Testament is divided into four parts: The Law or Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy); History (Joshua- Esther); Poetry (Job- Song of Solomon); and Prophecy (Isaiah- Malachi). The New Testament is divided into four parts: The Historical Books (Matthew- Acts); The Epistles of Paul (Romans - Philemon); The General Epistles (Hebrews - Jude); and Prophecy (The Revelation). In this course, we will be studying the Epistles of First and Second Timothy, Titus, and Philemon which are included in the Epistles of Paul. These are called the Pastoral Epistles because of the personal instruction given to and concerning individual church leaders.

Assignment for lecture One:
1) Copy and print out a set of these notes before Lecture One. Notes may need to be spaced into outline format.
2) Read I Timothy 1:1 - 2:7

Notes on the Pastoral Epistles

Note: All material marked by * should be studied in preparation for the course evaluation.

The First Epistle to Timothy
General Outline

Introduction: (1:1-2)

I. Rules For Godly Conduct (1:3-2:7)

A. Sound Doctrine, God’s Communication To Man (1:3-20)
1. Proper Aptitude Of Teachers (1:3-7)
2. Proper Perspective Of The Law (1:8-11)
3. Proper Perspective Of The Ministry (1:12-20)

B. Prayer, Man’s Communication To God (2:1-7)

II. The Application Of Godly Conduct (2:8-6:21)

A. Domestic Application (2:8-15)

B. Ministerial Application (3:1- 4:16)
1. Applied To Pastors (3:1-7)
2. Applied To Deacons (3:8-13)
3. Applied To The Ministry Of The Church (3:14-16)
4. Applied To Apostasy (4:1-5)
5. Applied To Personal Spirituality (4:6-16)
a. Be Grounded (4:6)
b. Be Separated (4:7-11)
c. Be An Example (4:12-14)
d. Be Surrendered (4:15)
e. Examine Self (4:16)

C. General Applications (5:1-6:19)
1. Concerning Elders (5:1-2)
2. Concerning Widows (5:3-16)
3. Concerning Ministers (5:17-25)
4. Concerning Servants (6:1-2)
5. Concerning False Teachers (6:3-5)
6. Concerning Riches (6:6-11)
7. Concerning Testimony (6:12-19)

Personal Note (6:20-21)

First Epistle To Timothy

Chapter 1

Introduction (Verses 1-2)

1. Paul opens the letter by proclaiming his ______________________________.

2. We do know that Paul had a great ____________ and ____________________ for this young man.

Rules For Godly Conduct (Verses 3-20)

1. Paul shows that the basic rule of conduct is _____________________________ with God.

*2. In this first division of the letter, we find two aspects of communication with God;

a. _______________________________________ (God’s communication to man)

b. ___________________________ (Man’s communication with God.)

Sound Doctrine (Verses 3-20)

*1. The word for “doctrine” means “that which is ____________________,”

*2. The word for “sound” means “to be _______________________.”

Sound Doctrine Requires A Proper Attitude In Those Teaching (Verses 3-7)

1. The position of teacher is an important position, but it is also a __________________________ position if the wrong person assumes it.

2. As overseer of the church, it is the pastor’s ____________________________ to see that each teacher is teaching sound doctrine.

3. Paul tells Timothy to not dwell on the __________________________ and ____________________________ of men, but rather on the edifying worked of the Word of God.

Sound Doctrine Requires A Proper Perspective Of The Law (Verses 8-11)

1. Even the law of God must be used _________________________.

2. The law of God was given to the ________________.

3. We have no other basis for conviction of sin than the _________________________.

4. The law was not given for us to use to _____________________ the lost in our boast of self-righteousness or to bind fellow-believers in ______________________.

5. The law was given to show men their need of ____________________

Sound Doctrine Requires A Proper Perspective Of The Ministry (Verses 12-20)

1. Paul was thankful for the ____________________________ to minister for Christ.

*2. Paul was a ___________________________ and a __________________________ of the church before he was saved.

*a. Paul considered himself the “_________________” of sinners.

b. No person ever got saved until he viewed himself as the _________________ of sinners.

3. Verse 17 is what is known as a ________________________.

4. Paul then gives a ______________________ charge to Timothy in verses 18 through 20.

a. “Prophecies” here speak of the ____________________ message of the Gospel.

b. Hymenaeus and Alexander had _________________________ Christ and then __________________ from sound doctrine and a good conscience.

Chapter 2

Prayer (Verses 1-7)

*1. Paul mentions four types of prayer that the believer is responsible to perform.

a. ________________________________ - Prayers offered for the needs of others.

b. _______________________ - Personal communication to God.

c. _________________________________ - Prayers offered to God on behalf of the spiritual needs and weaknesses of others.

d. Giving Of ___________________ - Expression of gratitude to God for His blessings on us and others.

2. Paul then exhorts them to pray for their _______________ authorities.

a. We should pray that our government would not only ______________________, but _______________________ our right to worship and serve God according to the Word of God.

b. We should pray for government officials that they would be ________________.

3. Through Christ, we have this blessed ___________________ to God the Father.

4. Paul was in the ministry for the purpose of testifying of the ____________________________ of Christ.

5. Believers should be faithful use this _______________________________ to God for supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks.

Division Two: The Application Of Godly Conduct
(Chapter 2:8- Chapter 6)

Domestic Application Of Godly Conduct (Verses 8-1)

*1. Modesty means to be ____________________ and ____________________ arranged.

2. This world and its fashion has extracted the root of ____________________ from most of our young women and men alike.

3. Good words and decency are the ______________________________ of a godly woman (I Peter 3:1-4).

4. A woman's’ statement to man is to be in her __________, not in her ____________________.

*5. The woman was ____________________ by Satan to eat of the forbidden fruit.

6. Adam knew that he could not continue with her without ________________________________________.

7. The “childbearing,” in verse 15, could be referring to:

a. God’s preserving woman in His plan for ____________________ to be born of a woman (Gen. 3:15, and Gal. 4:4).

b. God’s plan for the ______________________________ of the human race (I Cor. 11:11-12).

c. The promise to woman of preservation does not exempt them from the guidelines for ________________________, Christian ________________, and godly ___________________.

Chapter 3

The Application Of Godly Conduct (Continued)

Ministerial Application Of Godly Conduct (Chapter 3)

Applied To The Pastor (Verses 1-7)

*1. The word for “bishop” means “________________________.”

2. We conclude that the offices of elder, bishop, and pastor are ________________________.

3. Only those who are ________________ and _____________________________ should hold this position.

4. Notice the qualifications:

a. Blameless - Without ________________ flaws.

b. Husband of one wife - Not a ________________________.

c. Vigilant and Sober - Careful and under ________________________________.

d. Good Behavior - Same word as “________________” .

e. Hospitality - Friendly to ________________________.

f. Teach - Skilled in ________________________.

g “Not given to wine, “ “no striker,” and “brawler,” all carry the idea of a drunken, ________________________, ________________________________, ________________________ person.

h. Not Given to Filthy Lucre - ________ or ________________________________ gain.

5. The pastor is to be in control of his own ________ and ________________________.

a. subjection and gravity give the idea of the ________________ of having ________________________children.

b. Disrespectful children will shake the confidence of the people in the man’s ________________________ and ________________ to lead.

6. A novice is a new ________________________ or tender.

7. A pastor must conduct himself in public in such a way as not to give the devil opportunity for ________________________.

a. If the devil can ________________________ the messenger, he can ________________ the message.

b. A pastor must conduct himself in a manner that does not hinder the ________________ which he ________________________.

Applied To The Deacon (Verses 8-13)

*1. The word “deacon” means “________________________________.”

2. A deacon is a man appointed by the ________________ to serve the ________________ in various tasks.

3. The qualifications for a deacon are like those of the ________________.

a. The deacon is not to be ________________________ and ________________ (verse 8).

b. He is to have an understanding and ________________________ of the Word of God (verse 9).

c. He cannot be a ________________. (verse 10).

d. The deacon's wife and children must also have a testimony of ________________ for their husband and father (verses 11 and 12).

e. The office of deacon requires great ________________________ in the faith.

Applied to Ministerial Duties Concerning The Church (Verses 14-16)

1. The house of God is described here as the church of the ________________________________.

2. The word for “house” means “a ________________________ place.”

a. The word “church” means “________________________________________.”

b. Paul is speaking of the gathering together of believers for the purpose of ________________ and the ________________________________ of the Word.

*3. It is the churches’ responsibility to ________________ (pillar) and ________________ (ground) the truth of the Gospel.

4. Jesus was and is God in ________________.

a. Christ was justified (endorsed) as righteous by the ________________.

b. The ________________________ God was “seen of angels.”

c. Christ was the perfect manifestation of the ________________, ________________, and ________________ of God.

d. Now Christ is at the ________________________________ of the Father.

5. As Christ was sent into the world to manifest the Father, we are sent into the world to manifest ________________.

Chapter 4

Applied To Apostasy ( Verses 1-5)

*1. The word “apostasy” means “to depart from, or revolt against the faith that was ________________________________________.”

a. An apostate is a person who ____________________ the faith of Christ and then turns against it.

b. There will be a great apostasy during the first half of the ______________________________ Period.

c. The Word of God tells us that there are many ______________________________ in the world today (I John 2:18-19; II Thess. 2:7).

d. This present apostasy cannot become the Great Apostasy until the church is taken out of the earth.

2. Paul is speaking of the present apostasy that is to take place in the later days of the ____________________ Age.

3. Characteristics of apostates:

a. They heed ____________________ spirits

(1) When a true believer is seduced and falls, he is ____________________ by the Spirit.

(2) An apostate, on the other hand, continues in his sin and _____________________________ himself in some way.

b. They heed ____________________ of devils

c. They speak lies in ____________________

*(1) A hypocrite is a person who plays a part ____________________.

(2) They are able to deceive those who are not ________________________________________ in true doctrine.

d. Their conscience is ____________________

e. Forbidding to ____________________, abstain from __________

(1) They flaunt their ______________________________ as spirituality and dedication.

(2) Many people rely on others for the ________________________________________ of their lives, rather than a prayerful study of God’s Word.

Applied To Our Personal Spirituality (Verses 6-16)

1. Responsibilities given to the believer pertaining to his personal spirituality:

a. To be _________________________ in the truth (Verse 6)

b. To be separated from vain ______________________________ (Verses 7 -11)

c. To be an ____________________ (Verses 12-14)

(1) Paul exhorts Timothy to not be ______________________________ because of his youth.

(2) Paul reminds him that he was ____________________ of God and ____________________ by the presbytery to preach the Word of God.

(3) The presbytery, after examining the candidate, lay their hands on him as an outward sign of ____________________.

(4) The pulpit ministry should be one of ____________________ and ____________________ with the reading of the Word.

d. To be ______________________________ (Verse 15)

e. To ____________________ self ( Verse 16)

(1) Many ____________________ and ____________________ situations have been avoided by self examination.

(2) Self examination will prevent the loss of ____________________ (I Cor. 3:13-15; and 11:31).

Chapter 5

Concerning Elders (Verses 1-2)

*1. The elder referred to here could mean either maturity in __________ or ____________________.

2. The application here refers to lashing out at an elder in ______________________________.

3. The pastor’s love for the women of the church should be with all ____________________.

Concerning Widows (Verses 3-16)

*1. The term “widow indeed” refers to widows who are left alone without children or ____________________.

2. The church has no responsibility to support women who consider being a widow a freedom to ______________________________.

3. True believers have the responsibility to take care of widows in their ____________________.

4. Paul then expresses the guidelines for providing for widows:

1. She had to be at least ______ years old and the widow of one husband.

2. She must exhibit certain characteristics:

a. A Good ____________________ - “Well reported for good works”

b. A Good ____________________ - “brought up children”

c. ______________________________ - “lodged strangers”

d. ____________________ - “washed the saints feet”

e. ______________________________ - “relieved the afflicted”

f. ______________________________ - “diligently followed every good work”

3. Paul excludes “____________________ widows” from the relief of the church.

a. The word “damnation” in verse 12 means “to be ____________________ guilty.”

b. The “widows indeed” relief of the church was not to be used to free those who were __________ to care for their widows from their ______________________________ to do so.

Concerning Ministers (Verses 17-25)

1. First, we are to honor the ministers with ____________________ honor.

2. Verse 18 shows that we are also to support them ____________________.

3. In verses 19 through 20, Paul warns us not to believe or pursue any accusation against a minister of God unless there are valid ____________________.

4. Failure to discipline those who sin and ordaining men unfit or unprepared for the ministry makes us ____________________ of their sins.

5. The idea that Paul is even suggesting that social drinking is good therapy is a direct ______________________________ to other portions of God’s Word.

*6. The statement that partaking of wine was to be done for his stomach’s sake and his often infirmities proves that it was strictly ____________________.

7. No matter how well ____________________ a person’s sins may be to others, that person can be sure that their sin will find them out.

8. No matter how unnoticed a person’s good works may seem here, they also can be sure that they will be ____________________.

9. Godly conduct is to be for __________ and not __________.

Chapter 6

Concerning Servants (Verses 1-2)

*1. If the servant or slave had a lost master, he was still to ______________ his master.

a. By being a faithful and honest servant, he could be a _____________________ to his unbelieving master.

*b. To “blaspheme” means “to rail or have _____________________ for sacred things.”

2. A servant was to do his best to ______________ his master.

3. Whatever position a believer finds himself in, he is to __________________________________________ in that position.

4. The word “despise” has two meanings - to ______________, and to ______________ or take lightly.

a. A believing servant should not ____________________________ of his master who is a believer.

b. He should realize that his master also has to be accountable to the Lord for his ____________________________.

5. The word “benefit” means “good _______ or _______.”

*6. This principle applies to us today as _____________________ and _____________________.

a. We should labor in a fashion that will not bring _____________________ on the cause of Christ.

b. Being an employee or employer is a great ____________________________.

Concerning False Teachers (Verses 3-5)

The Characteristic of False Teaching

*1. False Teaching Is ____________________________

a. The word for “wholesome” means “to be _____________________ and _____________________.”

b. The first thing to be considered in any teaching is: what does it teach about ______________?

*2. False Teaching Is ____________________________

a. The doctrine of true Christianity is complete in the _____________________.

b. There is to be no “new ____________________________.”

*3. False Teaching Is _____________________

a. The whole purpose of the Word and work of God is to produce _____________________.

b. The characteristics of godliness should be _____________________ by anyone who sincerely seeks the truth.

The Characteristics of False Teachers

*1. The False Teacher Is _____________________

a. God always _____________________ study and learning, especially the study of His Word.

b. Some religious orders actually _____________________ personal Bible study.

*2. The False Teacher Uses ___________________________________

a. The word “doting” carries the idea is of someone being disturbed over things that have no ____________________________.

b. The primary mission of the church is to proclaim the ____________________________.

c. When witnessing and teaching becomes _____________________, it is misguided zeal, and usually does more harm than good.

d. The ______________ is always lost in misguided zeal.

*3. The False Teacher Evaluates On The Basis Of ____________________________

a. This applies to two classes of people;

(1) those who are in ____________________________ for monetary gain,

(2) those who expect material blessings for _____________________.

b. God forbid that:

(1) we would _____________________ the material needs of God’s servants,

(2) any minister would look at his congregation as a way to ____________________________.

Concerning Riches (Verses 6-11)

1. The greatest things that can be acquired are _____________________ and _____________________ in the daily blessings of God.

2. The eternal rewards of Heaven will be of a ____________________________ nature than the material things of this life.

3. The material things of this life can be ____________________________ into eternal, spiritual rewards when used unselfishly to the glory of Christ.

4. With the possession of material things comes both ____________________________ and ____________________________.

5. The expression: “they that will be rich” is speaking of those who pursue riches for ______________ sake.

a. Every sin finds its root in the desire to have things that we see others have for our own _____________________ and ____________________________.

b. Prestige and self esteem are the _____________________ shells that men use to hide the ugly condition of their _____________________ hearts.

6. The faith is the trust in God for His _____________________ in _____________________ that which we need.

7. When our faith is lured away from Christ to our selfish motives and abilities, we can be assured of many _____________________.

8. The problem is not in the material blessings that we receive, but rather in the way we _____________________ and _______ our riches.

Concerning Testimony (Verses 12-19)

1. “Fight the good fight of faith” means direct your energy toward spiritual _____________________ rather than material ______________.

*2. “Lay hold on eternal life” has to do with going forth in _____________________.

3. Paul uses the example of Christ before ______________.

a. Jesus was __________________ and _____________________ God in His righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.

b. Christ completely _____________________ Himself to the will of God to be ____________________ in God’s own time.

4. Paul is commanding Timothy not to allow the _____________________ of the people of this world lure him away from _____________________ and ____________________________.

5. We should not let riches be our _______, but instead a ______________ of serving God.

Paul’s Personal Note To Timothy (Verses 20-21)

1. The word for “babbling” means “____________________________ and _____________________ on things of no eternal importance.”

2. “Oppositions of science falsely so called” are beliefs that are based upon _____________________ and ____________________________ rather than faith in the Word of God.

a. Paul was probably referring to _____________________ and other philosophies that had entered into the churches of Paul’s day.

b. Many science and philosophy centered religions exist today which are based on “___________________________________” and the writings and ideas of men.

The Second Epistle to Timothy
General Outline

Introduction (1:1-4)

I. Personal Strength (Chapters 1 & 2)

A. Personal Faith (1:5-6)
1. Remembrance of the True Faith (5)
2. Remembrance of the True Gift (6)

B. Personal Courage (1:7-12)
1. Courage in Our God Given Power (7-8)
2. Courage in Our Christ Given Security (9-12)

C. Personal Steadfastness (1:13-18)
1. In Our Message (13-14)
2. In Our Ministry (15-18)

D. Personal Dedication (2:1-13)
1. As a Soldier (1-4)
2. As an Athlete (5)
3. As a Farmer (6-9)
4. As Paul (10-13)

E. Personal Purity (2:14-26)
1. Through the Word of truth (14-19)
2. Through Departing From Evil (20-23)
3. Through Concern for Others (24-26)

II. Pastoral Strength (Chapters 3 & 4)

A. The Coming Apostasy (3:1-4:5)
1. The Characteristics of Apostasy (3:1-13)
a. Greed, Brutality, and Humanism (1-4)
b. Deceptive Formalism (5:13)
2. The Defense Against Apostasy (3:14-17)
a. Continuance in the Word of God (14-17)
b. Preaching of the Word of God (4:1-5)

B. The Coming Death of the Apostle (4:6-18)
1. The Crown of Righteousness (5-8)
2. The Sufficiency of Christ (9-18)

Salutation and Close (4:19-22)

II Timothy

Chapter One

Introduction (Verses 1-4)

*1. Paul’s second letter to Timothy is his ________________________________ letter.

*2. Paul was in prison at Rome and was about to be executed due to the great persecution of ________.

3. This final letter is both ________________ and ________________.

4. Paul knowing that his physical life was about to end, stood fast on the promise of ________________________________.

a. The promise of the world is present ________________, ending in eternal ________ and ________________________.

b. The promise of Christ is present ________________ and persecution with eternal ________________ and ________________.

5. Paul’s concern is for the ________________________ of the Gospel and the ________________ of those who will carry on this precious task of proclaiming the Word of God.

6. Paul’s ________ had stood the tests of trial, persecution, and human rejection, and now it would stand the test of ________.

Division One: Paul’s Call To Personal Strength (Chapters 1-2)

*1. The theme for Second Timothy is ____________________________________.

2. In Chapters 1 and 2, Paul deals with the matter of __________________ Strength in the Believer.

3. In Chapters 3 and 4, he focuses on the __________________l Strength of those who minister to recognize and resist apostasy.

Personal Faith (Verses 5-6)

1. _________ (unfeigned) faith in Christ is our true strength.

*2. Paul met Lois and Eunice during his first missionary journey to _________ and _________.

*a. These women taught the young child __________________ (3:15).

*b. Paul makes it clear that the __________________ and __________________ of these women were a great influence on the life of Timothy.

3. The Greek word for “stir up” means “to __________________ or __________________ a fire.”

a. This stirring up can only come through ___________________________.

b. Many of the so call “revivals” and rallies of today stir people up to service and alter crying, but do not stir up the ___________________________.

4. Christ gave the gifts unto men (Eph. 4:7-12), but these gifts were initiated through the __________________.

5. Paul was exhorting Timothy to rely on the __________________ that was in his heart.

Personal Courage (Verses 7-12)

1. When we consider the word “courage,” we think of __________________ and __________________ in the face of danger.

2. Courage is the result of an ___________________________ that has determined, by the grace of God, to do what is right regardless of the circumstances.

3. Our spiritual courage is to be based on the __________________ and _________v that we have in Christ.

4. God did not save us to live in _________.

a. In Christ we find the power of ___________________________.

b. Paul tells Timothy that he will also have the courage to suffer the ___________________________ of the Gospel by the power of God.

5. There is no security in the things of the world, but those who answer the __________________ of God can be assured that He will keep them safe.

6. Put together the two words, “life and immortality,” and they will equal ___________________________.

a. Paul says that he is secure because his salvation and security is based upon __________________ ability and not __________________.

b. Those who trust in works will never have __________________, because they are not __________________ in Christ.

Personal Steadfastness (Verses 13-18)

1. In verses 13 and 14, paul calls Timothy to be steadfast in his __________________.

a. The Gospel was given by Christ through the __________________.

b. The Gospel is called a “__________________” and was committed unto us.

c. The word for “committed” means to __________________ for safe keeping.

d. The words “hold fast”, in verse 13, mean “to preserve something with ___________________________.”

2. In verses 15 through 18, Paul calls Timothy to be steadfast in his __________________.

3. Paul prays that God will show mercy to ___________________________ and his house.

4. Paul commended Onesiphorus for being steadfast in his ministering whether in __________________ at Ephesus or in the filthy, dark __________________ at Rome.

Chapter 2

Personal Dedication (Verses 1-13)

*1. The first example that Paul uses is the example of a __________________ in verses 1 through 4.

a. No army can effectively go to war until the _________ and __________________ is understood.

b. Paul makes it clear that Timothy is equally responsible to __________________ the true Gospel to others.

c. One of the greatest failures in Christianity today is in this area of __________________.

(1) The word for “hardness” means “__________________ and __________________.”

(2) The word “entangled” is a Greek word which means “to be __________________ into.”

2. Verse 5 gives the idea of an __________________ contending in the games.

3. In verses 6 through 9, Paul uses the example of a __________________, which is a __________________.

a. The main thought here is the idea of _________ and __________________.

b. Paul labored and suffered for the Gospel, but he patiently waits to partake of the _________ of his labor.

4. Christ’s faithfulness and future reign is __________________ on our receiving Him.

5. Our living and reigning with Him is ____________________________________ upon our receiving Him.

Personal Purity (Verses 14-26)

1. Timothy is commanded to instruct his followers to avoid ___________________________ by being ______________________ in the Word.

a. A person who seriously studies the Word of God is __________________ of God.

b. Many people are put to shame because of their _________ of Bible knowledge.

2. Paul uses _________________________ and __________________ as examples.

a. Their teaching is like a “canker,” or an __________________ that must be removed before it spreads.

b. A seal is an emblem that proves ___________________________ and __________________.

(1) Personal purity is a _________ that we belong to God.

(2) Personal purity comes through __________________ the Word of Truth.

3. In verses 20 through 23, we see that personal purity is a result of our ___________________________ evil.

a. Paul gives the picture of a great house with __________________ and ___________________________ vessels.

b. The effectiveness of the __________________ of many is destroyed by a lack of personal purity.

4. Then, in verses 24 through 26, we notice that personal purity comes through a ____________________________________.

a. Through a lack of personal purity or an ungentle approach, we could drive __________________ and __________________ people into a deeper darkness.

b. A true concern for the souls of others will produce a _____________________ of personal purity.

Chapter 3

Division Two: Pastoral Strength (Chapters 3 and 4)

*1. Timothy was the pastor at _____________________ and Titus was the pastor at ______________.

2. Two important things to the minister of the Gospel:

a. the ability to _____________________ apostasy,

b. the ability to ______________ apostasy.

The Characteristics Of Apostasy (Verses 1-13)

*1. Three basic characteristics:

*a. “Lovers of their own selves”...... ______________

*b. “Without natural affection” ...... _____________________

*c. “Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God..... _____________________

2. During this latter day apostasy, men will be greedy, brutal, and humanistic, but at the same time, they will be _____________________.

3. This will be a time of _____________________ formalism.

*a. Formalism is ____________________________ hypocrisy.

b. We are commanded to ____________________________ from such “religions” and their teachers.

4. “Silly women.” have forsaken the simplicity of the truth in pursuit of “____________________________” and “______________.”

5. Jannes and Jambres were able to ______________ the miracles of Moses up to a point, but could not continue and were _____________________.

6. God chose the Apostle Paul to be an ______________ of the faith.

7. The life and ministry of Paul were forever recorded by the pen of _____________________.

8. Evil teachers will become harder to detect because they will be ______________ themselves.

The Defense Against Apostasy (Verses 14-17)

1. The only resistance to apostasy is a _____________________ in the Word of God.

2. Paul also warns us to be careful ___________________________________.

*3. The expression “inspiration of God” means “____________________________.”

4. If a teaching ______________ Scripture, it is not sound doctrine.

5. If reproof and correction are not done according to Scripture, they are _____________________.

6. God gives us the command to:

a. ______________ sound doctrine,

b. _____________________ those in error,

c. ______________ righteousness

7. That the man of God may be perfect (______________), completely equipped to do the work that God has called him to.

Chapter 4

The Defense Against Apostasy (Continued) (Verses 1-5)

1. Paul charges Timothy to “____________________________.”

2. “In season, out of season” means “when it is _____________________ and when it is not _____________________.”

3. Verses 3 and 4 have a twofold application:

a. they apply to ____________________________ that Timothy would face,

b. they apply to the ____________________________ of professing Christianity in the latter days of the Church Age.

c. Those who dislike sound doctrine will find the Truth to be a _____________________ to their ears.

(1) Those who will not endure sound doctrine will seek ____________________________,

*(2) Those who preach sound doctrine must ____________________________.

*4. The word “evangelist” means “messenger of ____________________________.”

The Coming Death Of The Apostle (Verses 6-18)

1. The one thing that is evident in this last letter of Paul is that he was more concerned about the _____________________ than his own personal _____________________.

2. He pictures himself as:

a. a ______________ assured that he has fought a good fight,

b. an ______________ who has run the course,

c. a _____________________ who has maintained that which was committed to his trust.

3. The crown of righteousness is a reward to those who have lived a life of _____________________ to Christ.

a. The expression “at the day” is referring to the ____________________________ of Christ.

b. This crown will be given to ____________________________ who are faithfully awaiting the return of Christ.

4. In verses 9 through 18, Paul proclaims the _____________________ of Christ.

*5. ______________ had forsaken him and left Rome.

*a. ______________, the beloved physician, was still with Paul.

*b. Timothy was asked to bring ______________ with him to Rome.

c. Paul warns Timothy of _____________________ the coppersmith who had been in opposition to their preaching.

6. Although all men had _____________________ Paul, he was confident that the Lord would never ______________ him. He prays for those who had forsaken him.

7. “The mouth of the lion” is referring to the ___________________________________.

8. In verse 18, Paul breaks out in a ___________________________________.

Salutation and Close (Verses 19-22)

1. Paul had left Trophimus at Miletum because he was _______.

2. Paul then urges Timothy to come to him ____________________________.

Epistle to Titus
General Outline

Introduction (1:1-4)
A. The Truth Acknowledged By Godliness (1-2)
B. The Truth Manifested By Preaching (3-4)

I. Good Behavior Concerning Ministers (1:5-16)

A. Qualifications Of Ministers (5-9)
1. Ordained Of God (5)
2. A Faithful Home (6)
3. A Steward Of God (7)
4. Personal Quality (8)
5. Faithful To The Word (9)

B. Responsibility Of The Minister (10-16)
1. Rebuke false Teachers (10-13)
2. Avoid Contradiction (14-16)

II. Good Behavior Concerning Sound Doctrine (2:1-15)

A. The Teaching Of Good Behavior By Example (1-10)
1. The Basis For Good Behavior- Sound Doctrine (2-10)
2. The Benefit Of Good Behavior- Good Testimony (11-15)

B. The Teaching Of Good Behavior By Expectation (11-15)
1. Expectation Of Growing In Grace (11-12)
2. Expectation Of Christ’s Return (13-15)

III. Good Behavior Concerning The World (3:1-14)

A. The Call To Civil And Social Behavior (1-2)

B. The Possibility Of Civil And Social Good Behavior (3-14)
1. Remembering The Nature Of Man (3)
2. Remembering The Love, Mercy And Grace Of God (4-8)
3. Remembering The Emptiness Of Contention (9-11)
4. Remembering Our Mission Here- Fruitfulness (12-14)

Salutation: (3:15)


Chapter 1

Introduction: (Verses 1-4)

1. The truth of the Gospel is Acknowledged by ___________________________.

a. The truth that Paul proclaimed acknowledged itself by producing ________________________________.

b. Another acknowledgment of the truth of the Gospel is the hope of ________________________.

c. The believer knows that he has eternal, everlasting life which gives him a ________________________ that acknowledges the power of the Gospel of Truth.

2. The next great fact is the Truth of the Gospel is Manifested by the ________________________ of God’s Word.

a. God ordained that His truth be _____________________ and _____________________ through the Word.

b. The Word of God is the only _____________________ of the truth of God.

c. The preaching of the Word is God’s method of ____________________________ .

Good Behavior Concerning Ministers (Verses 5-16)

Qualifications For Ministers (Verses 6-9)

*1. The theme for the epistle to Titus is ___________________________________.

a. The Greek word for good carries the idea of being ___________________________________.

b. The word for works includes _____________________ that a person does.

c. The best way to have a godly minister is to have a _____________________.

2. The first qualification is that he must be _____________________ of God.

*a. The word “ordain” means “____________________________”.

*b. The Greek word for “elders” signifies _____________________ in the faith.

*c. The same person is called a “_____________________” in verse 7.

3. The word “blameless” means that nothing can be ____________________________ him.

4. A minister should not be a ____________________________ or a man who is divorced and _____________________.

5. A candidate for the ministry should also be evaluated by his _____________________.

a. His children are to be _____________________.

b. His children should not be _____________________ or _____________________.

6. In verse 7, we learn that a minster must also be blameless in the _____________________ of God.

a. A steward is someone who has been entrusted with a certain responsibility which he will be called into _____________________ for one day.

b. Many churches are run like businesses and military outposts due to the minister’s inability to see beyond the _____________________ realm.

7. A minister of the Gospel must be:

a. surrendered to God’s _______,

b. in control of his _____________________, sober, not violent,

c. and not a man who loves ______________.

*d. He should be a lover of _____________________ or “lover of _____________________.”

e. He is to be faithful to the _____________________.

The Responsibility Of The Minister

1. Verses 10 through 13 deal wit the minister’s responsibility to Rebuke ____________________________.

a. The characteristics of false teachers are:

(1) they are ______________.

(2) they are _______ talkers.

b. Their “mouths must be stopped” means that they must be ______________ as false teachers and their false doctrine _____________________.

c. There is a vast difference between criticism and correction.

(1) Criticism is consumed in ______________________________

(2) Correction seeks to replace disobedience and false belief with ____________________________ and ___________________________________.

2. In verses 14-16, we notice another responsibility of the the minister, The Responsibility To __________________________________________.

a. A true minister of the Gospel will have a lifestyle that is consistent with his _____________________ of God.

b. Any command, tradition, or teaching that contradicts the Truth of the Word of God is to be _____________________.

c. A careful study of God’s Word is necessary, because the devil and his workers specialize in _____________________.

*d. The devil will even use ____________________________ portions of the Word of God to deceive people.

3. Paul says that those who are pure will manifest their purity by partaking of ___________________________________.

4. Likewise, those who are defiled by unbelief will express themselves through _____________________ thoughts and actions.

a. True knowledge of God will result in ____________________________.

b. A minister of the Gospel should avoid contradicting his profession by his ______________.

Chapter 2

Good Behavior Concerning Sound Doctrine

The Teaching of Good Behavior By Example

1. Paul exhorts Titus to teach folks to ________________________ to the teaching of the Word of God.

a. Our English word “belief” means “__________________.”

b. Good behavior comes from ________________________, and if a person believes right, he will live right.

*c. God produces good behavior from the heart through ________________________ and ______________________________.

2. In verses 2 through 10, we observe that the benefit of good behavior is __________________________________________.

a. The word “aged” means __________________________________________.

*b. The behavior of aged men is summed up as ______________________________.

c. Aged women should behave themselves in a holy manner, avoiding __________________ and ______________________________.

d. Wisdom, love for a husband, and love for children must be taught by the example of the ______________________________.

e. Women should exercise good behavior in decency and subjection that the Word of God ____________________________________.

3. Titus, as a young man himself, was to ______ right, __________________ right, and ____________ right.

4. The rules for the servants of Paul’s day would apply to ________________________ today.

a. Our obligation to obey man is not in effect when man commands us to ____________________________________. This is speaking of taking orders.

b. A Christian servant should not ____________ and ________________________.

c. The poor testimony of an employee will ________________________ any thing that he may claim to believe.

The Teaching Of Good Behavior By Expectation

1. First, in verses 11 and 12, we have the expectation of ____________________________________.

a. Grace is getting something that we ____________________________________.

b. God is willing to give salvation by grace to all who will ______________________________________________________.

c. Grace does not end at __________________.

(1) Grace teaches us that, through Christ, we have the ability to __________________________________________________________________.

(2) Our good behavior teaches others that we believe and expect certain things according to ____________________________________.

2. Also, our expectation of the ______________________________ teaches us that we should maintain good behavior.

a. Christ is ______________________________ who became ____________ to die on the cross for helpless, sinful man and redeem us from our sins.

b. We have the God given right to expect ____________________________________.

c. Christ __________________ us and gave us the ____________ to live a godly life.

Chapter 3

Good Behavior Concerning The World

1. We must remember that civil government is ______________________________.

a. The expression “to obey magistrates” is one Greek word meaning “______________________________.”

*b. God ordained government will be to ______________________________ and ____________________________

*2. “To speak evil of no man” is simply teaching that we should not become involved in needless ________________________ and __________________.

3. It has been said that whatever makes men good Christians, also makes them ______________________________.

4. The same attitudes and actions of the world are the same attitudes and actions that we ______________________________.

5. One moment before we received Christ as our Savior, we were ____________________________________.

6. Two things happen the moment that we receive Christ:

a. we are cleansed from all of our sins through ______________________________

b. we are made alive through the ____________________________________ of the Holy Spirit .

7. Mercy and grace not only cleanse and justify the sinner, but makes him an ____________ according to the hope of eternal life.

a. Not only is good behavior profitable to the believer, but it is also profitable to the ____________ as well.

b. My ______________________________ good behavior in the world could have a __________________ on some poor lost sinner coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

8. Another thing that makes it possible to maintain good behavior in the world is remembering the ____________________________________.

*a. Contention is __________________ and __________________.

b. We should never give audience to ________________________.

9. Finally, the possibility of maintaining good behavior in the world is realized by remembering our mission here on earth is to ________________________________________________.

a. Paul viewed each worker as ________________________ to the mission of spreading the Gospel.

b. Paul was organized in his prayer life and desired to pray for the ______________________________ concerning the work of God in Christ.

Epistle to Philemon
General Outline

Introduction (1-3)

I. Philemon’s Faith Commended (4-7)

A. Paul’s Knowledge Of Philemon’s Love And Faith (4-5)

B. Paul’s Confidence In Philemon’s Love And Faith (6-7)
1. Confidence That His Faith Would Communicate (6)
2. Confidence That His Love Would Continue To Console (7)

II. Philemon’s Forgiveness requested (8-21)

A. Two Possibilities Concerning Onesimus (8-17)
1. To Become Paul’s Minister In Philemon’s Stead (8-14)
2. To Become Philemon’s Partner In Paul’s Stead (15-17)

B. Two Possibilities Concerning Philemon (18-21)
1. To Put Onesimus’ Debt To Paul’s Account (18-19)
2. To Forgive Onesimus’ Debts and Receive Him As A Brother (20-21)

Salutation And Close (22-25)


Historical Background

*1. Philemon is a personal letter dealing with a personal matter, the matter of the runaway slave, _____________________.

a. Onesimus had _____________________ and, evidently, taken some money from Philemon.

b. Onesimus went to ______________ where Paul was in prison.

c. Paul led this runaway slave to ______________ and sent him back to Philemon with this letter.

*2. The letter is called “the ____________________________.”


*1. Paul’s letter to Philemon was written from Rome during Paul’s ___________ imprisonment.

a. Therefore, it is called a “_____________________ Epistle.”

b. Onesimus, the carrier and subject of this letter, was a companion of _____________________, the carrier of the Colossian letter.

2. Onesimus became very dear to Paul as a _____________________, but Paul realized that Onesimus ____________________________ to Philemon.

3. This letter has a practical message to us today, the message of ____________________________.

4. In verse 1, Paul recognizes Philemon as beloved and a ___________________________________.

5. Some Bible scholars believe that Apphia was Philemon’s __________ and Archippus was his _______.

*6. It is possible that the ___________________________________ met in the house of Philemon (verse 2).

Philemon’s Faith Commended (Verses 4-7)

1. In verses 4 and 5, we notice Paul’s Knowledge of Philemon’s ____________________________.

*2. The Colossian church was probably started as a result of the outreach of Paul’s ministry during his stay at _____________________ (Acts 19:10).

3. Paul’s acknowledgment of Philemon’s surrender to the ___________________________________ is ground work for the request that he is to make of him.

4. First, Paul expresses his confidence that Philemon’s faith would ____________________________.

a. The word “communicate” means “to manifest one’s fellowship through ____________________________.”

b. We acknowledge the goodness of Christ through our ___________________________________.

5. Paul then declares his confidence that Philemon’s love would ___________________________________.

Philemon’s Forgiveness Requested (Verses 8-21)

Two Possibilities Concerning Onesimus (Verses 8-17)

1. Paul gives the two ways in which he could have handled this matter:

*a. First, in verse 8, Paul could have used his __________________________________________ and commanded Philemon to release Onesimus for God’s service.

b. In verse 9, Paul chose to deal with the matter in love, requesting that Philemon seek _____________________ concerning Onesimus.

2. In verses 10 through 14, we find the first possibility concerning Onesimus, to become Paul’s minister in ___________________________________.

a. Onesimus had become a ___________________________________ to Paul.

*b. The expression “own bowels” means, an object of __________________________________________.

c. “In thy stead,” means that Philemon could have served Paul by allowing Onesimus to ___________________________________.

d. Paul sought the _____________________ of Philemon to keep Onesimus.

e. Paul always sought to lead folks into a ____________________________ to God rather than trying to make them serve God by ___________________________

3. In verses 15 through 17, we notice the second possibility concerning Onesimus, and that is to become Philemon’s partner in ____________________________.

a. God could have led Onesimus to Rome to be a _____________________ to Paul.

b. God could have led him to Rome to be saved that he could return to Philemon as a _____________________ and _____________________ in Christ.

c. Paul was considerate of Philemon’s _____________________.

d. In verse 17, Paul asks Philemon to receive Onesimus as __________________.

Two Possibilities Concerning Philemon (Verses 18-21)

1. The first possibility was to put Onesimus’ debt to ___________________________________.

a. This is a picture of the work of Christ, who took our _____________________ upon himself that we could be restored back to God.

b. No material possession can compare with the _____________________________________________?

2. The second possibility was to _____________________ Onesimus and receive him as a __________________. Paul is confident that this is what Philemon will do.

3. Perhaps Paul expected to be released, through the __________________________________________.

4. ______________, who would later forsake Paul (II Tim. 4:10), was still with Paul at this time.