Preaching the Pastoral Epistles
Principles and ideas for preaching the biblical books of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus (the “Pastoral Epistles”). A one-hour audio seminar.
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Originally given as a Moore College Women’s Chapel preachers’ training seminar.
The easiest and the hardest biblical books to preach
* Why the easiest?* Why the hardest?
Our modern audiences: encouraging and challenging
* The preacher* The self-satisfied social conservatives* The social revolutionaries* Jesus needs to be central
Situation matters, but situation is not king
* 1 Timothy: against false teaching that emphasises words and spirituality rather than this-world present-day on-the-ground morality* 2 Timothy: persecution and opposition* Titus: how to establish ministry in a new and morally dubious situation* But don’t let your view of situation override the text
Always remember Jesus Christ (avoid moralism)
* Jesus is everywhere* The temptation towards moralism* “How and why is Jesus Christ the reason here?”
Don’t be lazy in your application
* Mistake 1: Apply every word as if our situation is exactly the same as the original hearers* Mistake 2: Make everything a matter of abstract “principle” so that none of the details apply to us* Mistake 3: Neglect application to specific situations of the people in your audience
Apologetics is your servant, not your goal
* Apologetics is the wrong goal* Apologetics is a good servant