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Disciple: Taking Care of Family

February 7, 2016 Speaker: Scott C. Jones Series: Disciple - Maturing in Faith with Timothy

Topic: Exposition Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:3–5:16





We Are (All) Family (v. 3)

     James 1:27


(But) Family is Family (vv. 3-6)


The Challenge of Giving (vv. 7-8)


The Motivation for Giving

     1 John 3:16-18


Responsibility in Receiving (vv. 9-16)




  • Read the passage aloud together. What is most surprising to you in Paul’s instructions? Why do you think Paul is so strong in distinguishing “those who are truly widows”?


  • Discuss the concept of the church as family. What makes living out that reality difficult? What about that reality is exciting?
  • Do you find the command to care for one’s family easy to follow? Why or why not?
  • What are some appropriate motives for serving others? What are some illegitimate or dangerous motives for our generosity?


  • What is one practical step you could take this week to better care for your family?
  • What is one practical thing you could do to be more generous? Consider and even try to articulate your motivation for this step.

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