First Timothy

In the apostle Paul’s first letter to his younger associate, Timothy, he writes, “I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:14-15).

If a church wants to know how to be a church, it must pay careful attention to this letter, as well as to the rest of the Bible. Beginning April 15, 2018, we’ll start exploring this letter, as well as some related passages.

To prepare, you may want to watch a video on 1 Timothy produced by The Bible Project.

Sermon recordings will appear below in MP3 format as they are available. You can also subscribe to our podcast channel to listen to them. Simply search for “West Bridgewater Community Church” on your favorite podcast app, subscribe, and listen.

PDFs of the written sermons that Pastor Brian Watson prepares in advance will be posted, too. These aren’t transcripts (they will differ a bit from what Brian actually says), but they are filled with Scripture references, citations, and other useful information. They are presented here as a resource.


April 22, 2018: “Paul to Timothy” (1 Timothy 1:1–2)
Manuscript: Paul to Timothy 4.22.18


April 29: “Sound Doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:3–11)
Manuscript: Sound Doctrine 4.29.18


May 6: “Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners” (1 Timothy 1:12–20)
Manuscript: Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners 5.6.18


May 13: “One Mediator between God and Men” (1 Timothy 2:1–7)
Manuscript: One Mediator between God and Men 5.13.18


May 20: “What Is Proper for Women” (1 Timothy 2:8–15)
Manuscript: What Is Proper for Women 5.20.18


May 27: “The Office of Overseer” (1 Timothy 3:1–7; Acts 20:17–35)
Manuscript: The Office of Overseer 5.27.18


June 3: “Equipping the Saints” (1 Peter 5:1–5; Ephesians 4:11–16_
Manuscript: Equipping the Saints 6.3.18


June 10: “Obey Your Leaders” (1 Thessalonians 5:12–13; Hebrews 13:7, 17)
Manuscript: Obey Your Leaders 6.10.18


June 17: “Those Who Serve Well as Deacons” (1 Timothy 3:8–13)
Manuscript: Those Who Serve Well as Deacons 6.17.18


July 1: “The Majority” (1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:5–11)
Manuscript: The Majority 7.1.18


July 8: “Members of the Body” (1 Corinthians 12)
Manuscript: Members of the Body 7.8.18


July 15: “The Mystery of Godliness” (1 Timothy 3:14–16)
Manuscript: The Mystery of Godliness 7.15.18


July 22: “Everything Created by God Is Good” (1 Timothy 4:1–5)
Manuscript: Everything Created by God Is Good 7.22.18


July 29: “Train Yourself for Godliness” (1 Timothy 4:6–16)
Manuscript: Train Yourself for Godliness 7.29.18


August 5: “Fathers, Brothers, Mothers, Sisters” (1 Timothy 5:1–8)
Manuscript: Fathers, Brothers, Mothers, Sisters 8.5.18


August 12: “Widows” (1 Timothy 5:9–16)
Manuscript: Widows 8.12.18


August 19: “Keep These Rules without Prejudging” (1 Timothy 5:17–25)


August 26: 1 Timothy 6:1–2a


September 2: 1 Timothy 2b–10


September 16: 1 Timothy 6:11–21


This schedule is subject to change.