Things I’m Reading for Preaching (May 2019)

Here are some commentaries I work through (some in more thorough ways than others) as I preach through 1 Timothy. At the end, I’ll bullet point a few things that I’m learning. Keep in mind that, at this time, I would have only finished chapter 1.

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Mounce, William D. Pastoral Epistles. World Biblical Commentary, volume 46. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2000.








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Marshall, I. Howard. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. New York, NY: T&T Clark, 1999.










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Knight III, George W. The Pastoral Epistles: A Commentary on the Greek Text. The New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing, 1992.








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Perkins, Larry J. The Pastoral Epistles: A Handbook on the Greek Text. The Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2017.









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Towner, Philip H. The Letters to Timothy and Titus. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing, 2006.







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Kitchen, John. The Pastoral Epistles for Pastors. The Woodlands, TX: Kress Christian Publications, 2009.








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Thomas, Robert L. Exegetical Digest of First Timothy. Edited by Kelly T. Osborne. Sun Valley, CA: The Master’s Seminary.







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Kent Jr., Homer A. The Pastoral Epistles. Revised Edition. Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1986.









Other books I may reference or page through:


Things I’m learning:

  • Major stress on the behaviors of orthodox Christianity and not merely the beliefs of orthodox Christianity.
  • There are legitimate threats that are present within all churches.
  • There are two ways to ruin a church: (1) bad doctrine and (2) bad behavior. Paul wants to protect both in Ephesus.
  • The believer’s natural response to defending the faith is godliness
  • Paul’s apologetic against false teachers is his genuine conversion (1:12–17)

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