“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Tim 4:12-13 It’s not known exactly how old Timothy was when Paul wrote the two important letters to him. But, most believe he was at least thirty. In the Jewish culture the word ‘youth’ was used to designate one’s age at least up until the age of thirty. But, even at that age, to head up the church in Ephesus would be a monumental task for anyone. Ephesus was a city of several hundred thousand in that time and it would propose some serious challenges for even a well-seasoned ministry team, much less one young man like Timothy. Ephesus was entrenched in idolatry and humanism and many of the new believers there were slaves. But, Timothy was up to the task evidenced by the fact that the church endured for several hundred years. Obviously, Paul and Timothy with the help of the Holy Spirit got the new work off to a great start!

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