God would have the Minister and the Christian know "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God" (3:15) and how to hold "the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience" (3:9).
This Epistle was written not long after Paul had left Ephesus for Macedonia; but it is a matter of debate as to when this was, some holding that it must have been about the time of the great riot which drove the Apostle from the city; others that it was nearer the time of his second and last imprisonment at Rome.
Timothy is first mentioned as living at Lystra, Acts 16:1. His mother, Eunice, was a Jewess, II Timothy 1:5; his father was a Greek. He was early the subject of pious influence, II Timothy 3:14-15. He was well spoken of by his fellow-believers, and became the intimate friend and companion of the Apostle.
The Epistle was designed to instruct him how to deal with false teachers, how to conduct public worship, and to urge him to cultivate all those qualities which would better equip him for the discharge of his important duties. - Through the Bible Day by Day
The Church and Its Ministry
Salutation, I Timothy 1:1-2
I. the Charge Concerning the Church, I Timothy 1:3-3:16
1. The Need of Love, Faith and a Good Conscience, I Timothy 1:3-20
2. The Conduct of Public Prayer, I Timothy 2:1-8
3. The Place of Women in the Church, I Timothy 2:9-15
4. The Appointment of Bishops, I Timothy 3:1-7
5. The Appointment of Deacons, I Timothy 3:8-13
Exhortation, I Timothy 3:14-16
II. “A Good Minister of Jesus Christ,” I Timothy 4-6
1. His Ministry and Teaching, I Timothy 4
2. His Bearing toward Elders and Widows, I Timothy 5
3. His Attitude toward Slavery, I Timothy 6:1-2
4. Characteristics of False Teachers, I Timothy 6:3-10
5. The Minister’s Personal Life, I Timothy 6:11-16
6. His Charge to the Rich, I Timothy 6:17-19
Conclusion, I Timothy 6:20-21 - Through the Bible Day by Day