1 Timothy: Wise Counsel for Shepherds, single message
This message is part 10 of the series God's Masterwork, Volume Five: God With Us—A Survey of Matthew-Acts.
Within the writings of Paul in the New Testament, we have three letters of special interest to local churches and their pastors. These are commonly called “pastoral epistles,” referring to the books of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters remain to this day as the most accurate and very best counsel a shepherd (and his flock) can receive. Written to men who were shepherds in the first century, these three letters have a relevant ring to them to this very day. This message looks into the first and the longest of these three letters, which contains the most thorough treatment of the subject. First Timothy addresses the role of the shepherd and his responsibility for the life of the flock. The shepherd must know and teach sound doctrine, live a godly life, and maintain order in the church. This letter highlights the importance of choosing godly leaders according to God’s design. So many churches have drifted from God’s design, but this letter guides the Church back to Christ’s original blueprint.