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1 Timothy - Reformed Expository Commentary (Ryken)

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From worship and prayer to family and the use of money, the book of 1 Timothy is full of implications for life in the local church. But beyond these practical truths for all believers, Ryken writes, "Paul's purpose in 1 Timothy is to help his spiritual son remain true." Thus the book has special application to those in gospel ministry.

These truths that helped Timothy in his day are just as applicable to church leaders in ours—both for personal godliness and for the collective life of the church. Whether for personal study or sermon preparation, Ryken's exposition is a sure guide to all who are interested in this pastoral epistle.

As are all of the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of 1 Timothy is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.

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Table of Contents:

  1. A True Son in the Faith (1:1-11)
  2. Mercy for the Worst of Sinners (1:12-16)
  3. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (1:17)
  4. Fight the Good Fight (1:18-20)
  5. The Great Intercession (2:1-17)
  6. Men and Women at Prayer (2:8-10)
  7. What Paul Really Said about Women in the Church (2:11-15)
  8. Qualifications for Elders (3:1-7)
  9. Qualifications for Deacons (3:8-13)
  10. The Great Mystery of Godliness (3:14-16)
  11. Where Bad Theology Comes From (4:1-5)
  12. Minister in Training (4:6-10)
  13. A Portrait of the Minister as a Young Man (4:11-16)
  14. House Rules (5:1-8)
  15. Pure, Unadulterated Religion (5:9-16)
  16. What Sheep Owe Their Shepherds (5:17-25)
  17. Yes, Master! (6:1-2)
  18. The Christian Attitude toward Money (6:3-10)
  19. Rules of Engagement (6:11-16)
  20. The Ultimate Investment (6:17-21)



Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.



“An outstanding provision for pastors engaged in regular pulpit ministry. Those of us who regularly preach need commentaries that provide the best biblical scholarship and also understand the challenges of today’s pastorate. The Reformed Expository Commentary series, prepared by Reformed preachers of great scholarly ability, ably speaks to both needs." — Bryan Chapell

“Following on from his Galatians volume, Phil Ryken provides us with another cornucopia of insight and knowledge. Few portions of the Scripture affect the way we understand what the church in the twenty-first century should look like more than does 1 Timothy, and few contemporary guides could better guide us through these issues than Phil Ryken. This volume signals preaching and teaching at its very best, a model for all preachers in our time.” — Derek W. H. Thomas, professor of systematic and practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS

“Some commentaries lost the forest for the tress, and others the trees for the forest. This series promises to be both exegetically sensitive and theologically faithful.” — Mark Dever, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“A canonical, Reformed expositional commentary has long been a desideratum, and we are now in debt to this gifted team of pastor-theologians for bringing it to pass.” — J. Ligon Duncan III, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

“Here is exposition modeled by pastors with scholarly gifts and by scholars with pastors’ hearts. Exegetical and theological reliability, redemptive historical sensitivity, a Christ-centered focus, and contemporary practical application—these are the promised hallmarks of the series. May it serve as a model to encourage and enthuse a new generation to love the Word of God and to rediscover the life-transforming power of expository preaching!” — Sinclair Ferguson, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC