“Stimulating and Applicable”. These are the words you will be thinking when you finish “The Message of 1 Timothy and Titus” by John R. W. Stott, as it is one of the most well pastorally written books on 1 Timothy and Titus that I have had the privilege of reading. This book is part of the ever-growing series called “The Bible Speaks Today”, produced by IVP Academic. “The Bible Speaks Today” is a thoroughly Evangelical series which serves as an introduction as well as practicality explaining the Books of 1 Timothy and Titus through a thoroughly Evangelical perspective. The author John R. W. Stott almost needs no introduction, for he is one of the most well know communicators of scripture, in both his preaching and writing. Furthermore he sreved as the New Testament editor of the “The Bible Speaks Today” series.
With reguard to the introduction, Stott virgiously argues for Pauline authorship and the importance of such in basic language. His arguments systematically destroy any critical arguments that have been put forth to this time. His arguments are up-to-date and even focus on the most critical and modern viewpoints.
Stott is a superb New Testament exegete specifically and when it comes to the the Pauline epistles. Furthermore Stott makes sure that the reader is getting an important look into the culture of the day and its influence on the text. Through this process Sott brings about conclusions which are gold for any pastor preaching exegetically through either 1 Timothy or Titus, or even someone who is reading through the books devotionally and is seeking extra help.
This work is a must-read by pastors preaching or layman teaching through the Books of 1 Timothy or Titus either in the Pulpit or in the Sunday School room. I highly recommend this volume as an aid in either of these circumstances.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.