This letter is in the
Bible's New Testament. Paul wrote it to Timothy. He was a young follower of
Paul who was looking after the church in Ephesus.
Paul warned him about false teachers. In 1 Timothy 1, he wrote about false
teachers of the law. These men gave long speeches about God's law. But they did
not know the purpose of the law. And they did not know that they must love
other people. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul writes about some more evil teachers. He
warns Timothy not to listen to them. Instead, Timothy should teach people to
trust God (1 Timothy 4:9-11).
He then told Timothy about
meetings in church. He described how they should pray. He told him how women
should behave. He described the qualities that church leaders must have. Paul
then told him how to care for different groups in the church. These included
slaves, widows, and church leaders. He told Timothy to be content. And, Timothy
should not love money. But he should learn to improve his character while he