86 Leading the church

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from 1 Timothy 3:1.

Have you ever received a long, encouraging letter or email?

Who was it from? What was it about?

Could you write a letter or email to encourage someone?


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The letter so far…

Timothy was a young man when he became a follower of Christ and started working with Paul. They worked together for a long time. Paul gave Timothy the job of leading a new church. It was important that the leader of the church lived God’s way and spoke the truth about Jesus.

Now read 1 Timothy 3:1–13 together


What happened next…

Paul warns Timothy that he will meet others who teach differently; so it is extra-important that he knows who God is and what he has done for his people. It was so urgent that Timothy knew this, that Paul wrote this letter, even though he expected to visit Timothy soon.


Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 114 together.


Did you know…?

Timothy This man was one of Paul’s helpers. He came from a town called Lystra. His father was a Greek and his mother was Jewish. Paul and Timothy had travelled and worked together. Now Timothy was leading a church.

Ephesus Paul spent more than two years in Ephesus. When he left, his young helper Timothy stayed on to help lead the church.


Try it out

Whom do you know who is a leader or helper in your church or who tells others about Jesus? Who leads your church or school group? Perhaps it is your Bible Coach!

Make or buy them a card to thank them for all that they do for you and for others. As well as thanking them and signing your name, you could copy out the words of 1 Timothy 3:13 as a message to encourage them, just as Paul wrote to Timothy to encourage him.


Talk to God

Say “thank you” to God for the person who is your Bible Coach on the Big Bible Challenge.


And remember to say “thank you” to your Bible Coach too!

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