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FRAMEWORKS: Paul's FIRST letter to Timothy

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Frameworks: 1 Timothy 2


v.1-8 Instructions on Prayer

v.9-15 Guidance for Women in Meetings


[Chapter 2 Synopsis: All about order: first nationally as we are to pray for all in authority, and then in our gatherings to avoid lots of chitter-chatter.]



v.1-8 Instructions on Prayer


[Passage Synopsis: Pray for all in authority in order to be able to live out the godly peaceable lives for which we were saved.]


v.1,2 (pray for those in authority that we may live in peace) I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people –for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

v.3,4 (for this is God's will that in such an environment the gospel may be shared) This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

v.5,6 (maintain the witness of Jesus) For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

v.7 (which is what Paul's ministry is all about) And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle – I am telling the truth, I am not lying – and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.

v.8 (therefore his desire that prayer is at the heart of church life) Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.



v.9-15 Guidance for Women in Meetings


[Passage Synopsis: Guidance for women in church gatherings to maintain good order.]


v.9,10 (let not women cause upset by fashion consciousness but bless by good deeds) I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

v.11 (gentleness and submission are good) A woman should learn in quietness and full submission.

v.12 (Paul sees God's order as man leading) I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.

v.13 (he takes this from Genesis 2) For Adam was formed first, then Eve.

v.14 (and from Genesis 3) And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.

v.15 (woman have a different critical part to play) But women will be saved through childbearing – if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.



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