Principles and ideas for preaching the biblical books of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus (the “Pastoral Epistles”). A one-hour audio seminar.
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