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Lessons for Seniors From Paul's Letters to Timothy

Traditionally grouped with Titus and called the Pastoral Epistles, the books of First and Second Timothy contain instructions pertaining to the organization of the church as well as notes of personal guidance for Timothy.

It can sometimes be easy to overlook lessons hidden within these short letters due to the long lists of requirements for specific roles in the church. Seniors willing to look deeper, however, will discover powerful calls to live blamelessly and remain faithful until the end.

To help you get started in your studies today, here are a few of the lessons for seniors from Paul's letters to Timothy.

1. Prioritize Prayer

This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 NLT

In the second chapter of 1 Timothy, Paul urges believers to pray for and give thanks for all people, including government leaders and those in authoritative roles. When mobility issues and physical limitations cause seniors to wonder how they can still serve their churches and their local Phoenix community, they shouldn't overlook or forget the value and power of intercession.

Many of the most-known and respected pastors over time have testified that they could not have accomplished all of the things that they had if not for a small group of individuals who faithfully prayed for them every week.

2. Remain Accountable

Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:16 NLT

In the middle of his first letter, Paul counsels the younger man to train in godliness and focus on reading Scriptures and encouraging those around him. As seniors strive to pass their faith on to the younger generations of their family, it's important for them to remember that the example they set through their actions influences those around them just as much, if not more, than their words.

3. Avoid Useless Arguments

Again I say, don't get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 2 Timothy 2:23-24 NLT

Paul reminds Timothy in multiple places throughout both his letters to avoid wasting time arguing over false teachings. Seniors who want to help family and friends to know Christ should take this advice to heart. Arguments over doctrine can quickly become heated, and during these moments of anger and frustration, neither side will be able to truly share or learn anything.

Once seniors have thoroughly studied the Bible, they can present the truth backed by Scripture to their listeners. If those around them attempt to stir up conflicts and stray from the Bible in their reasoning, seniors need to remember they can politely decline from escalating the conversations into pointless fights and attempt to speak with them again another day when cooler heads can prevail.

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