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 Timothy 4:12)

  1. You are an example
  2. Own it and use it

Be an example in word:

  1. How to speak about God
  2. How to speak about others
  3. How to speak against evil
  4. How to speak the truth

Be an example in conduct – in practical ways

  1. At home
  2. At church
  3. At work
  4. In the community
  5. In the public square.

Be an example of love

  1. How to love God
  2. How to love the church
  3. How to love a wife
  4. How to love the weak
  5. How to love children
  6. How to love our neighbor
  7. How to love our boss
  8. How to love our neighbor

Be an example in spirit

  1. Spirit of optimism
  2. Spirit of joy
  3. Spirit of contentment
  4. Spirit of enthusiasm
  5. Spirit of energy

Be in example in faith

  1. In believing all of God’s truth
  2. In trusting in Christ alone for salvation

Be an example in purity

  1. How you use digital technology
  2. How you use the media
  3. How you relate to women


  1. What other areas can you be a model in?
  2. What other ways can you be a model in word, conduct, love, etc.?
  3. Who is your models and what have you learned from them?

Further Reading

Are we Allowed to use Old Testament Figures as Moral Examples?

Like it or Not, You are Always Leading by Example

Set an Example Tim Challies wrote this book on setting an example and has also provided a study guide and presentation slides.