Do you need a vibrant guide to Titus in your studies? How about one that could actually span from the beginning Bible student to the seasoned pastor and offer real help? Look no further than Titus For You by Tim Chester.
Mr. Chester rescues this volume in the Pastorals from the bad rap of institutional rigidity. He challenges us not to write it off as boring, or inferior to the Book of Acts. Beyond his initial argument, he makes his best case by the lively exposition he provides. Nothing boring there!
In places he is simply outstanding. In discussing 1:5-9 he exposes the two great dangers for the pastor–Over-pastoring with its excessive control and under-pastoring with its denial of the core role of shepherding. Look up what he says drives us in either case. Spot on.
On 1:10-12 he shows how easily being godly can morph into being legalistic. Later he says, “And legalism is not a substitute fuel. Legalism does not work because it cannot work.” In the next several pages he dismantles legalism piece by piece.
His sections on the Christian home and pastoral qualifications are balanced and helpful. The church discipline passage (3:10-11) is well explained as corresponding to Matt. 18:15-17 as well.
It is a winner. This is my second volume in this series to review and I am impressed with its quality. Kind of special too that an upstart publishing group, The Good Book Company, could come out among the big boys with such a worthwhile series. I look forward to coming titles in the series!
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Romans 1-7 by Timothy Keller