An Expositional Sermon
1 Timothy 5:1-2
Theme/Big Idea: If you are a member of a church you have a responsibility to honor widows who are left all alone.
Aim/Appropriation/Application: Pray that God would cultivate love, patience, and an immovable hope in the covenant love of our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, and as we await our full and final union to Him when we takes us to be with Him forever.
(1) God Loves and Protects Widows (1 Timothy 5:3)
(2) A Family Should Provide for Each Other (1 Timothy 5:4-8, 16)
(3) Qualifications For Widows to Be Enrolled (1 Timothy 5:4-5, 9-15)
(4) The Church as Widow
Questions for Further Reflection
(1) Was the snake correct when it told Eve that if she ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that she would not surely die? Why?
(2) Should a church care for everyone? Why or why not?
(3) How do you honor widows in your life? Does your church honor widows who are truly widows? How?
(4) How might you help encourage the growth of a culture in our church of not leaving anyone alone?
(4) What would it look like for you to honor your widowed mother or grandmother now or in the future?
(5) Do you live with the understanding that it is your responsibility to care for your parents and grandparents when they are in need?
(6) If you refuse to take care of your family what does the text say you are? (1 Tim. 5:8)
(7) Biblical-theologically, how would you describe how God loves and protects widows? What texts would you go to to discuss this?
(8) How might you open up your life to make it easier for other members to enter into your sorrows? How are you fighting against isolation in the context of the church?
(9) How is the church and the Christian life similar to that of a widow?
(10) How might honoring the widow inform our posture toward the lost as we invite fellow sinners to repent and believe in the death and resurrection of Christ?
(11) How does honoring the widow connect to the gospel of Jesus Christ?