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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson Three

CHRIST'S EXAMPLE            Page 2

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Opening Prayer

Christ’s Example


V.12 ** With which attitude does Paul open our passage for today?

Paul begins his comments by expressing an attitude of gratitude, which was the typical expression of his heart. cf. Romans 1:8, 1Corinthians 1:4, Philippians 1:3, Philemon 1:4

** To whom does Paul direct his thankfulness?

To “Christ Jesus our Lord”. Remember this is a personal letter to a young man named Timothy and Paul is identifying with him by referring to their common salvation through faith in the same Lord, Jesus.

** What two things had Jesus Christ done for the apostle Paul, for which he is now expressing his thankfulness?

1) Jesus Christ “has strengthened” Paul!
cf. 2Corinthians 9:8, 2Timothy 4:16-17 and Philippians 4:13

2) Jesus Christ put Paul “into service”.
cf. Acts 9:1-8, Acts 9:15-16, Acts 26:15-18

** Our Lord graciously chose Paul and put him into service on behalf of the gospel and the Kingdom of
God; according to the middle of verse 12, why did Jesus Christ do that?

“...because He considered [Paul] faithful...”

** What does that say about how God evaluates man’s heart potential verses how we might do the same?

Paul was a murderer and was set against Christ, God and the gospel; yet Christ knew the potential of his heart and saved him by God’s grace to then suffer for the cause of Christ.
cf. 1Samuel 16:7, Hebrews 4:12

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