The Message of 1 Timothy & Titus

The Message of 1 Timothy & Titus

Guard the Truth

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by John Stott

The Message of 1 Timothy & Titus
  • Length: 232 pages
  • Published: June 01, 2001
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1247-9
  • Item Code: 1247
  • Case Quantity: 44

For our postmodern world the very notion of objective truth is open to question if not ridicule. So in our current cultural climate of soft footings and cracking walls, Paul's unambiguous commitment to the church as "the pillar and foundation of the truth" is a timely metaphor. The apostle calls us to reconsider the architecture of a truly Christian worldview and to reexamine the gospel and tradition we have inherited.

In the letters to Timothy and Titus, Paul focuses on the idea of inheritance. The faithful, he writes, must guard and deliver the inheritance of gospel truth. Nearing the end of his life, Paul is intent on securing the heritage of gospel truth for the next generation.

In this Bible Speaks Today volume (previously released as a hardcover book with the title Guard the Truth), John Stott finds in 1 Timothy and Titus a dynamic truth that orders Christian life in the church, the family and the world. Here is the lucid commentary we have come to expect from Stott, ever faithful to the text and time of Paul's letters. But in a manner unique to Stott's role as a distinguished Christian statesman, this work's interpretive and pastoral voice remarkably echoes Paul for our own day. One generation speaks to another: "Guard the truth."


Author's Preface

Chief Abbreviations


The Authenticity of the Pastoral Letters
1. The Case For Pauline Authorship
2. The Case Against Pauline Authorship
3. The Case For and Against a Pseudonymous Author
4. The Case For an Active Amanuensis

A. The Message of 1 Timothy: The Life of the Local Church
Introduction (1:1-2)
1. Apostolic doctrine (1:3-20)
1. The False Teachers and the Law (1:3-11)
2. The Apostle Paul and the Gospel (1:12-17)
3. Timothy and the Good Fight (1:18-20)
2. Public Worship (2:1-15)
1. Global Concern in Public Worship (2:1-7)
2. Sexual Roles in Public Worship (2:8-15)
Concluding Questions
3. Pastoral Oversight (3:1-16)
1. The Overseers (3:1-7)
2. The Deacons (3:8-13)
3. The Church (3:14-16)
4. Local leadership (4:1--5:2)
1. The Detection of False Teaching (4:1-10)
2. The Commendation of True Teaching (4:11--5:2)
Social Responibility (5:3--6:2)
1. Widows (5:3-16)
2. Presbyters (5:17-25)
3. Slaves (6:1-2)
Material Possessions (6:3-21)
1. A Charge About False Teachers (6:3-21)
2. A Charge to the Christian Poor (6:6-10)
3. A Charge to a Man of God (6:11-16)
4. A Charge to the Christian Rich (6:17-19)
5. A Charge to Timothy Himself (6:20-21)

B. The Message of Titus: Doctrine and Duty
The Letter's Main Themes
Introduction (1:1-4)
1. Paul Introduces Himself
2. Paul Addresses Titus
3. Paul Wishes Titus Grace from God
1. Doctrine and Duty in the Church (1:5-16)
1. The True Elders (1:5-9)
2. The False Teachers (1:10-16)
2. Doctrine and Duty in the Home (2:1-15)
1. The Ethical Duties (2:2-10)
2. The Sound Doctrine (2:11-14)
3. Doctrine and Duty in the World (3:1-8)
1. Christians in Public Life (3:1-2)
2. Ingredient of Salvation (3:3-8)
4. Final Personal Message (3:9-15)

Study Guide

John Stott

John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974).

Stott's many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. His best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than sixty languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Majority World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen’s New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors, and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

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