The Pastoral Epistles

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The Pastoral Epistles


Number of Lessons: 20Avg. Lesson Length: 50 MinutesTime Required: 33 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


This course identifies biblical answers to crucial leadership questions from three of Paul’s letters, 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, which primarily address issues of pastoral leadership and ministry. In his twenty lectures, Dr. John Stott walks his listeners through an exegetical analysis of Paul’s words to Timothy and Titus. He shares valuable insight from the historical background and an investigation of the Greek New Testament. Dr. Stott covers such topics as how a congregation should appoint leaders, the role of women in the ministry, the primary function of minister’s work, and how to deal with false teachers while remaining true to “sound doctrine.”

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.


ProfessorJohn R. W. Stott, DD (1921-2011)
  • Multiple honorary doctorates from British, Canadian, and American universities
  • Lambeth, DD
  • Ridley Hall Theological College at Cambridge, MA equivalent
  • Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge, double first (BA equivalent) in French and Theology


  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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