By Kent Hughes and Bryan Chapell - PCA
Thereare substantial reasons to be energized about studying the Pastoral Letters of Paul. Between them they teach the proper ordering of the church (1 Timothy), they present a developed challenge to all Christians (2 Timothy), and they suggest God’s priorities for mature ministry (Titus).
The Pastoral Letters remind us that, like Timothy, we are to guard what has been entrusted to our care, to fight the good fight, and to keep preaching the Word.
Through the apostle's words and the commentators' insights here, we gain an understanding ofwhat God requires of those who would lead in the local church, as well as of those who would be led.Embracing grace, loving godliness, and sharing Christ were not just charges to the early believers,and are not solely the responsibility of pastors,deacons, and elders in the church. They are exhortations for any of us who call ourselves disciplesof Christ today.
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R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church inWheaton, Illinois and a visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminaryin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bryan Chapell(PhD, Southern Illinois University) is senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Peoria,Illinois. He is also president emeritus and adjunct professor of practical theology at Covenant Theological Seminary, as well as distinguished professor of preaching at Knox Theological Seminary.