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1-2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit - Preaching the Word (Hughes & Chapell)

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There are 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). Experienced pastors R. Kent Hughes and Bryan Chapell have done their homework—applying sound principles in interpreting the texts so that we can understand what Paul was really saying.

Teaching on important matters for the local church, Hughes and Chapell offer a timely word to the many Christians who are concerned about their role and responsibility to communicate the truth of the gospel in this diverse and pluralistic society. 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 of what 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 disciples of Christ today.

Table of Contents:

1 Timothy

1. Greetings to All (1:1, 2)

2. The Wrong Use of the Law (1:3-7)

3. The Proper Use of the Law (1:8-11)

4. Gratitude for Grace (1:12-17)

5. Fighting the Good Fight (1:18-20)

6. Praying and Living for the Gospel (2:1-10)

7. Living Out God’s Order (2:11-15)

8. The Good Elders (3:1-7)

9. The Good Deacons (3:8-13)

10. The Church’s Conduct and Confession (3:14-16)

11. Bless God’s Good Creation (4:1-5)

12. Pursuing Godliness (4:6-10)

13. Succeeding in Ministry (4:11-16)

14. Relating and Leading (5:1-16)

15. Regarding Leaders (5:17-25)

16. Apostasy Analyzed: A Warning (6:3-10)

17. Apostasy Analyzed: A Warning (6:3-10)

18. A Charge to the Man of God (6:11-16)

19. Closing Words to the Rich and Their Leader (6:17-21)

2 Timothy

20. Ministry: Retrospect and Reality (1:1-7)

21. Stand Tall, Suffer, and Keep the Faith (1:8-14)

22. Mercy to the Merciful (1:15-18)

23. On Guarding the Gospel (2:1-7)

24. The Essential Memory (2:8-13)

25. Handling God’s Word (2:14-19)

26. For Noble Purposes (2:20-26)

27. Hearts of Darkness (3:1-9)

28. Remembrance and Continuance (3:10-13)

29. Continue in the Word (3:14-17)

30. Preach the Word (4:1-5)

31. Paul’s Terminal Perspectives (4:6-8)

32. Tough Friends for Tough Times (4:9-15)

33. Final Confidence (4:16-22)


34. A Greeting of Grace (1:1-4)

35. Leading by Example (1:5-9)

36. Leading by Contrast (1:10-16)

37. Community Grace (2:1-10)

38. ‘Intolerant’ Grace (2:11-15)

39. Priorities of Grace (3:1-15)



R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives in Washington state with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

Bryan Chapell (PhD, Southern Illinois University) is president and professor of practical theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where he has served in various capacities since 1984. In addition to his work at Covenant, Chapell is the author of numerous books, including Christ-Centered Preaching and Holiness by Grace.



"Throughout the Christian centuries, working pastors have been proving themselves to be the best of all Bible expositiors. Kent Hughes stands in this great tradition, and his exciting expositions uphold it worthily." - J.I.Packer