1st and 2nd Timothy are different in some signifiant ways from the other letters of Paul we have studied in this sermon series. 1st Timothy, 2nd Timothy, and Titus are commonly referred to as the “Pastoral Epistles.” Rather than being addressed to a church or group of churches, Paul, or one of his close followers, are writing to Timothy and Titus with advice for leaders in the church on what they should do and how they should do it.
Because these letters are not addressed to a specific location, determining the context to which these letters were intended is a challenge at best. However, we are able to gain insight into the issues which were present in the early church, and to see how Paul recommended they should be handled. It is worth noting that in these readings you will find some verses which are contrary to our modern understanding of Christianity. I encourage you to reflect on the sermon given on July 24th to help you grapple with these verses. (If you ever miss a sermon, DVD copies are available in the office, and they will be available on the website shortly.)