Preaching the Pastoral Epistles Audio / Video uri icon


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

publication date

  • February 13, 2021