Bible Study Questions: 1 Timothy 2

Bible Study Questions: 1 Timothy 2

1 Timothy 2 Study Questions

  1. What did Paul urge Timothy and the people to do for everyone, kings and all those who are in authority and why?
  2. How does praying and lifting thanksgiving up to God for others, even those we don’t particularly like help us live a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity?
  3. What does God want for everyone and how is this related to pleasing God with our lives?
  4. Define the terms mediator and/or intercessor. 
  5. Who were the mediators between the people and God in the old testament? 
  6. Why is Jesus the best mediator a person can have? (See Hebrews 2:17, 3:1-6, 9:15, 9:22, 10:10 and 12:24 & John 14:6)
  7. Who did the apostle Paul “herald” to predominantly, Jews or Gentiles?
  8. Record the instructions given to men and women:
    1. Men:

2. Women:

9.    What is the term “holy hands” symbolic of? (See also Ps. 24:24 & 2 Samuel 22:21-25)

10.  Define the term submission.  Where else in our culture or others do we see submission to authority?

11.  What is the difference between submission and subjugation?

12.  Read 1 Peter 3:1-6.  How does this additional scripture shed light on your understanding of Paul’s instructions to women in 1 Timothy 2?

13.  Review important ways women participated in the ministry of Jesus during his life, death and resurrection, as well as during the period of the early church.  How did these women show good works that were proper for women? (For help see: Luke 8:1-3, Matthew 28, Acts 9:36, Acts 16:14, Acts 17: 4-12, Acts 18:1-3).

14.  For context on vs 11: Paul admonished some of the women who were abusing their new found freedom in Christ by creating disturbances in the services through the act of interruption.  How were women instructed to learn by Paul?

15. From the beginning of creation, how did God structure the authority between man and woman? How does establishing authority still uphold the value of all created in God’s image?

16. How does Paul apply this authority structure to women and teaching in the church?

17. To whom does scripture say a woman is allowed to teach? (See Titus 2:3-4; 2 Timothy 1:5 & 3:15, Acts 18:24-28.


  1. Who is someone in my life that God is calling me to pray for with thanksgiving?  
  2. How did God bring me to salvation and knowledge of the truth?  Share this with someone today.
  3. Would I say my life is tranquil and quiet in all godliness and dignity?  If yes, why and if no, what needs to change?
  4. What does God appoint me to herald today and to whom am I actively heralding?
  5. In verses 8-15, where am I tempted to feel rebellion or pride against God’s instruction through Paul?
  6. How have I seen the spirit empower me to a godly obedience in my life despite it not being easy, comfortable or completely understandable at the time?