1 Timothy 6:1-10 - Your Love for the World Will Kill You
• As a Christian, the way you work and treat those above you in authority reflects God.
• If your boss or those above you in authority are believers, this should drive you to serve even better.
False teachers are consistently linked to:
• Different doctrines
• Ungodly living
• Love of money and material things
• Pride and arrogance
The false teachers in Ephesus were bringing disunity and quarrels. They focus on unimportant things and avoid the Gospel.
Paul explains the godliness is important when it is linked to contentment. Paul shifts the focus of the believers to eternal things to help them find contentment. This is vital in battling the love of money or the things of this world.
Are you content?
Are you thankful?
What do you complain about?
What dominates your thinking?
What do you covet?
1 John 2:15–17 (ESV): 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Paul warns against a desire to be rich. People who love money will end in ruin and destruction. It even leads some away from the faith and they will hurt themselves. These harmful things in their lives will many times not be material pangs, but rather great pangs to their souls, health, and relationships.
Here are some things we do when we are not content:
• Forsake the gathering of believers on Sundays to make more money than needed.
• Do not use their possessions for the sake of others, but keep people at a distance for the sake of their possessions.
• Do not give generously or sacrificially to the work of God’s Kingdom because they are building their own kingdom.
• They miss the true joy of relying on God.
• They are greatly stressed and worry about their possessions and amount of money they have.
• They complain often and drive others away from them in doing so.
• Lose sight of the Gospel and thankfulness
Matthew 6:19–24 (ESV): 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Matthew 13:44–46 (ESV): 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Hebrews 13:5 (ESV): 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matthew 6:33 (ESV): 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
This sermon and the entire sermon series were influenced and impacted by the following commentaries, Bibles, books, teachings and sermons. I am so very grateful for the insight and ministries of those involved with each. Likewise, I am thankful for the insights and input from those who attend the sermon preparation time at FBCCK.
NIV Compact Bible Commentary - John Sailhammer
The Message of the New Testament - 1 Timothy - Mark Dever
The Letters to Timothy and Titus - The Pillar New Testament Commentary - Robert Yarbrough
The Pastoral Epistles - Tyndale New Testament Commentary - Donald Guthrie
1&2 Timothy and Titus - Preaching the Word Commentary - Bryan Chapell and R. Kent Hughes
1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary - Philip Ryken
ESV Study Bible
HCSB Study Bible
John McArthur Study Bible
Topics for the Prayer Time
*Those who have yet to believe in Jesus
*The unreached peoples of the earth
*Missionaries around the world and for more to go
*The spiritual growth of other believers and churches
*That you would have more spiritual gifts
*That Christians would remain faithful under persecution
*Those who are sick
*Those who have lost loved ones
*Our nation, leaders, military, and civil servants
*Pray for the health and salvation of the unborn babies in our church
*Pray against the evils of abortion and human trafficking
*Pray for the University of Florida international students
*Pray God would bless our efforts to in evangelism and discipleship
*Pray God would bless our community
*Pray God would bless the churches of those visiting us