What is the office of deacon? How are we to view this office, and who is qualified to serve in this office? Is this an office that is for women, men, men and women, or just men? How does Paul prescribe the duties for this office?
The leaders of the church should desire to rule their lives and the church by the Lord’s standard. If the Lord’s standard is perfection then how can we be qualified to lead if we are struggling sinners? If Timothy is serving a church that has struggles then how can Timothy ordain leaders? What qualifications should he look for in a leader? How do we know if we should aspire to hold leadership in a church?
When people hear about Christianity and gender distinctions they tend to dismiss the Bible thinking that it is just some archaic book that does not understand our contemporary times. Is this really fair or the intention of the Word of God? So, how do we know that men and women are different? How do we know that this distinction was intentional from the creation? How do we know that this distinction is respectable and is something that we can celebrate as we celebrate the distinctive gifts of man and woman?
Paul exhorts christians to live a peaceful and quiet life. Why would Paul say such a thing? It would seem more beneficial to be more concerned about intervening. How are we to live this way? How do we know that this exhortation is not the same thing as Paul saying we are merely lazy? How do we live a meaningful life in the Lord as life in a peaceful and quiet way?
There seems to be tension between Paul and Timothy. The root of this tension is that Timothy has most likely requested to go to Macedonia to meet with Paul, but Paul wants him to stay in Ephesus. We can see that one reason for Paul to write this letter is for Timothy to stay in Ephesus. Why is Paul telling Timothy to stay? Is this just a church that Paul does not want to put in order? Is Paul merely making Timothy do something that Paul does not want to do? Is Paul reminding Timothy that Timothy does not have enough clout because he is merely a preacher and not an apostle?
Love has become something that is rather subjective in our culture. It seems that many today have reduced love down to a feeling or something that is sentimental. How does Paul define love? How does Scripture define love and how is this love not subjective or sentimental?