Reading the New Testament as Christian Scripture

A Literary, Canonical, and Theological Survey

series: Reading Christian Scripture

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21: The Pastoral Letters

Study Questions

  1. Search Titus for all its references to good works and godly living. If God saves people because of his mercy, not because of our works (Titus 3:4–5), why does Paul stress the importance of good works so much in this letter?
  2. Find all the references to suffering in 2 Timothy. Why is suffering such a significant element in this letter?
  3. Scan 1 Timothy for direct instructions to Timothy about his ministry. Summarize his responsibilities in your own words.
  4. What common thread ties these pastoral letters together?