First Timothy was written to establish churches as a properly ordered household. This begins with the individual which then affects the marriage, the family and the church. Paul passed on to his spiritual son Timothy, the pattern necessary for him to effectively carry on Paul’s work after his departure. The pattern is sound teaching, godliness with contentment, and appointment of qualified spiritual overseers.
Titus, another “true child in a common faith” was left in Crete to “put what remained into order and appoint elders in every town” (1:4-5). This would establish churches in sound doctrine, which is the proper order of God’s household as persons fulfill their biblical roles. Such roles require living by grace and maintaining purity in God’s household.
Second Timothy is Paul’s last letter. As he spends his last days in prison, Paul passes on the baton to Timothy with clear instructions to commit what he had learned to other faithful leaders who will be able to entrust the timeless principles to others.
The challenge of ordered households and churches that are led by faithful leaders is still a top priority today. Let’s take this seriously and not cave in to mediocrity or cultural compromise!