An Expositional Sermon
1 Timothy 5:1-2
“Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Mothers”
Theme/Big Idea: If you are a Christian the church is your family.
Aim/Appropriation/Application: Pray that God grow our love for each other as a family united in the blood of Christ.
(1) Church As Family (1 Timothy 5:1-2)
(2) Approaching Older Men – Fathers (1 Timothy 5:1)
(3) Approaching Younger Men – Brothers (1 Timothy 5:1)
(4) Approaching Older Women – Mothers (1 Timothy 5:2)
(5) Approaching Younger Women – Sisters (1 Timothy 5:2)
Questions for Further Reflection
(1) Why is family important? What does it teach us about who God is?
(2) Where does the idea of fellow Christians being part of a family come from?
(3) Who did Jesus say are His mother and brothers are?
(4) How do we become part of the family of God?
(5) What does the Bible mean when it uses the word “adoption”? (see Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:23; and Ephesians 1:4b-5)
(6) How is “adoption” similar and different from “justification”?
(7) How is “adoption” similar and different from “regeneration”?
(8) Do you think about investing in younger men in the way that you think about raising up your kids?
(9) Do you labor for the good of brothers in the church in the way that you labor for your family?
(10) Brothers and sisters, do you treat older women in the church like you would your mom?
(11) Older women in the church, do you think about brothers and sisters in our church like your children?
(12) Older women in the church, do you talk about younger brothers and sisters in the church as much as you talk about your kids? When you’re at work, or you’re meeting up with friends, do your friends know how much you love your church in the way that the members of the church are always on your mind like your kids are?
(13) How do you talk about women? Brothers, do you approach women in the church like they are objects instead of considering that they are a child of the living God. How would you talk about your sister?
(14) What do you see when you see a sister in Christ? A woman made in the image and likeness of God. She is your sister, but the controlling paradigm you have to carry toward her is that she is God’s precious daughter, and through Christ’s incarnation and election she is a sister of the King of kings. How would you treat the daughter and sister of a king?
(15) At the final judgment, will you be able to say with a good conscience that you cared for His daughter appropriately?
(16) Can you tell by your relationships in the church that the blood of Christ that unites us is thicker than the blood of biology that flows through our veins?
(17) How might thinking about the church like this change the way a pastor approaches his ministry of teaching, prayer, and correcting error?