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. To this day, these letters remain the most accurate and best counsel a shepherd (and his flock) can receive.
This message looks into the first and the longest of the 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, but 1 Timothy guides the church back to Christ’s original blueprint.