How to Treat People in the Church
1 Timothy 5:1-2
(1) Do not confront older men, but encourage them as your fathers. Treat younger men as brothers, (2) older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with all moral purity.
Take Care of Needy Widows
1 Timothy 5:3-16
(3) Give honor to those widows in the church who are truly in need.
(4) The children and grandchildren of widows should learn to put their faith into practice by taking care of their own family. In this way, they repay their parents and grandparents for all they did for them. This is pleasing in the sight of God.
(5) Widows who do not have a family to support them and are all alone put their hope in God and continue to ask for God’s help, praying day and night. (6) But widows who live for the pleasures of this world are spiritually dead even while they live.
(7) Give the believers these instructions, so that no one will be open to blame. (8) Believers who do not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own family, have denied the faith and are worse than unbelievers.
(9) No widows should be put on the church’s official list of widows unless they are over 60 years old, were faithful to their husband, (10) and are well known for their good works—such as raising children, practicing hospitality, serving the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble, and devoting their lives to all kinds of good actions.
(11) Do not put younger widows on the church’s official list of widows, because when their sexual passions overcome their dedication to Christ, they will want to remarry. (12) As a result, they will bring judgment on themselves for breaking their pledge (possibly some widows made a pledge not to remarry). (13) Besides, they often develop the habit of living an idle life and go about from house to house. So not only do they live idle lives, but they also become busybodies and gossipers, talking about things that should not be said. (14) So I advise younger widows to marry, to have children, to take care of their homes, and to give our enemy Satan no opportunity to speak bad about them. (15) Some young widows have already wandered away to follow Satan’s ways.
(16) If a believing woman has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are truly in need.
1 Timothy 5:17-25
(17) The elders (presbyters) who lead the life of the church well should receive double honor with pay, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching God’s word. (18) For as Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 25:4, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and Jesus agreed, as it is written in Luke 10:7, “The worker deserves to be paid.” (19) Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. (20) But elders who persist in their sin should be admonished before the church, so that the other elders will be warned.
(21) I charge you, Timothy, in the presence of God and Jesus Christ and the chosen angels, to put into practice my teaching without showing favoritism to anyone. (22) Do not be quick in the laying on of your hands (probably referring to ordaining ministers, especially elders), and do not share in the sins of others—keep yourself morally pure. (23) Stop drinking only water, but drink a little wine because of your stomach problems and your frequent illnesses.
(24) The sins of some are obvious, going ahead of them to the place of judgment, while the sins of others will be revealed later. (25) In the same way, the good works of some are obvious, while some good works will be revealed later.