Care for Others     1 Tim. 5:1-10, 16-18 (HCSB)     March 24, 2013

Introduction

       I have been closely associated with the church for over 50 years and I have seen and know of many caring acts as the church cared for others. Of course some can point out a time when a church did not show they cared and they will exaggerate those times out f perspective. But the church is a caring place.

 

1.   Care for Others . . Respect All Age Groups. 5:1-2

       A.   Respect Older and Younger Men as . . Relatives. 5:1

       1 Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers,

 

       B.   Respect Older and Younger Females as . . Relatives. 5:2

2 older women as mothers, and with all propriety, the younger women as sisters.


       Every church I know about has been concerned about every age group. We try to organize so someone has the primary responsibility to focus on a particular group. I personally right now teach a class for Senior men. We try to show ways we can particularly demonstrate interest and concern of senior aged man. We have the same kind of class for senior women as well as every age group. God did not give me a birth brother but in Christ I have treated many men as brothers. The Sunday School Ministry is a fine way to prove our concern for every age group. Many churches have Youth Ministers that lead the church in caring for youth.

 

2.   Care for Others and Act . . Responsibly. 5:3-8

       A.   Act Responsibly to . . Widows. 5:3-5

3 Support widows who are genuinely widows. 4 But if any widow has children or

       grandchildren, they should learn to practice their religion toward their own family first and

       to repay their parents, for this pleases God. 5 The real widow, left all alone, has put her

       hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers;

 

       B.   Act Responsibly with Conduct not . . Worse than an Unbeliever. 5:6-8

6 however, she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.

       7 Command this, so that they won't be blamed. 8 Now if anyone does not provide for his

       own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an

       unbeliever.

 

       Because so many Christian men were put to death in the first century there was an abundance of widows.

The church had an unusual burden and opportunity but notice the direction Paul gave. The need to check out who were really widows. Evidently some desired to abuse the concern of the church. We see an abundance of that kind of abuse today. Paul points out how spiritual some of the widows were as they prayed night and day.

Just as some widows abused the system some abused the concern by not expressing any concern for legitimate

needs and Paul said they were worse than an unbeliever. We need to do our best to have a biblical balance in this kind of ministry.

 

3.   Care for Others Including those Needing . . Relief. 5:9-10, 16

       A.   Needed Relief and Meeting the Listed . . Requirements. 5:9-10

       9 No widow should be placed on the official support list unless she is at least 60 years old, has been the

       wife of one husband, 10 and is well known for good works—that is, if she has brought up children, shown

       hospitality, washed the saints' feet, helped the afflicted, and devoted herself to every good work.

 

       B.   Needed Relief without Burdening the Churches . . Resources. 5:16

       16 If any believing woman has widows, she should help them, and the church should not be burdened, so

       that it can help those who are genuinely widows.


       No doubt the early church had many basic physical needs. Paul and probably others agreed on a list of requirements for people the church would help. There was an age and marriage requirement. A widow was to have been married to only one man. That does not mean one at a time and may help in understanding the requirement for deacons. This lady the church would help was a lady known for her good works. In earlier years she would have helped people having the needs she presently experiences. If a family had widows in it they were expected to take care of them and not burden the church. Back then just like now some seem to be taking advantage of the churches concern.


 

4.   Care for Others . . Realizing the Financial Needs. 5:17-18

       A.   Financial Needs . . Respecting for the Ministers 5:17

17 The elders who are good leaders should be considered worthy of an ample honorarium, especially those

       who work hard at preaching and teaching.

 

       B.   Financial Needs . . Resources from the Scriptures. 5:18

18 For the Scripture says: You must not muzzle an ox that is threshing grain, and, The laborer is worthy of his wages.

 

In this consideration the church should note the minister who works hard at preaching and teaching. Today there are several pastors who are very fine ministers of the Word. They spend many hours in the preparation and prayer organizing their thoughts and getting ready for their delivery. At the same time there are men who neglect the preaching ministry. God promises to bless His Word and the minister needs to prepare and plan for the worship service and expectantly pray asking for God’s blessing. I am grateful for the examples and challenges I received as a young man. At my ordination when I was presented my ordination Bible the minister said, “Jim we are presenting you this Bible because this is what we want you to preach. In addition the Minister is too Care for Others and lead the church to do the same. Amen? Amen!