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“Equally, we need a model for churches and theologians to contribute to the critique of society, without being Christianly dualistic. Paul points the way to this finely balanced agenda, and we who live with the legacy of two thousand years of the church. — N.T. Wright (1948-current)

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The Pastoral Epistles were written to Timothy and Titus. According to tradition, Timothy died as the Bishop of Ephesus while Titus passed away as the Bishop of Gortyn in Crete.

The Pastoral Epistles

Course Number: NT502


Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church in London, England Deceased 2011

Course Description:

Perhaps the greatest need in the Christian community today is for biblical leadership. However, there are different views on leadership issues, such as: What are the responsibilities of ministerial leaders? Who is qualified for pastoral leadership? Can women serve as pastors? This course identifies biblical answers to crucial leadership questions from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus. Stott walks students through an exegetical analysis of these letters and shares insights from the historical background and the Greek New Testament. Throughout the course, learners are guided in applying the theology of the pastoral epistles to life and ministry.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Understand the special introductory problems of the Pastoral Epistles, particularly Pauline authorship.
  2. Enter sympathetically into the life and work of the author and his readers.
  3. Demonstrate interpretive skills by wrestling with difficulties in the text.
  4. Develop a Biblical approach to identifying and ordaining church leaders.
  5. Develop an informed approach to the controversial issue of women in the ministry.
  6. Obtain realistic expectations of life as a minister regarding suffering and duty.
  7. Understand the responsibility of and need for Christian churches and leaders to commit to “sound doctrine.”
  8. Develop an approach for handling false teachers, their doctrines, and their methods.

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