1 Timothy 6:9-16

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Living a Godly Lifestyle, Continued

1 Timothy 6:9-16

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Lesson Number 14

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Godly believers flee the evil love of money.
  2. Godly beliviers fight the good fight of faith.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t try to get rich.


  1. List some of the instructions and exhortations the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy to help him pastor and build up the church in Ephesus.
  2. What is the additional challenge of this letter to individual believers?
  3. Is money the root of evil?
  4. What is the believer to do about the love of money?
  5. What are the implications of the word “fight” in 1 Timothy 6:12?
  6. Does “to lay hold on eternal life” mean to strive to earn salvation?


  1. Refute false teaching in the church, recognize elders and deacons, differentiate between the roles of men and women in the church, care for widows, and discipline elders in the church.
  2. Because 1 Timothy is a personal letter, there are instructions that apply to individual Christians, challenging believers to be characterized by godly living.
  3. No. It is the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil.
  4. He is to flee from it and all its associated problems. He is to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
  5. Fight means to agonize, like in the athletic arena, exerting every ounce of energy, being disciplined and dedicated in lifestyle.
  6. No. It means to live out your salvation following a public confession of faith.


  1. The Bible tells us to flee the love of money. Have you ever been hung up on wanting money in order to purchase things of no lasting value? How has this impacted your life? If you have such a problem, have you considered going on a short-term mission? It could enlighten your values and change your priorities to count for eternity. If going on a short-term mission is not feasible, try getting more involved in Christian service locally.
  2. Timothy was reminded by the Apostle Paul that he was being charged before God. We, too, are charged before God to serve Him. This alone should give us motivation to fight the good fight of faith. Can you imagine standing before the Lord and hearing the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant?” How much do you value this?


  1. It’s not wrong to be rich, but it’s wrong to try to get rich. Desiring to be rich will cost you a life of ruin and loss. How seriously do you take this biblical advice?

Key Verses

  • “ Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare. The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. ” - 1 Timothy 6:9-10 “ Flee these things...and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. ” - 1 Timothy 6:11 “ Fight the good fight of faith. ” - 1 Timothy 6:12 “ You are charged before God... ” - 1 Timothy 6:13 “ Be blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time. ” - 1 Timothy 6:15

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