Godly Living

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Titus Titus was a Greek convert serving as pastor in churches on Crete. In this letter, Paul emphasizes the importance of godly living. A lay leader of the church is to be “a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self controlled” (1:8). In a day when shame has been brought to the church by the immoral lives of some of its prominent leaders, it is important that we show the world that these are exceptions …

More Advice for Pastors

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Timothy In this second letter, Paul continues to tell Timothy how to be a good pastor. Apparently, Timothy tended to be too timid, for Paul reminds him that “God did not give us a spirit of timidity [or fear] but a spirit of power” (1:7). As servants of Christ, we should all have a humble boldness. We should not be ashamed to speak of him and live for him (v. 8). Again, Paul emphasizes the importance of …

Good Pastors

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Timothy The letters of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus are called the “Pastoral Epistles” because in them Paul gives advice to his helpers on how to be good pastors. The addressee named Timothy must be prayerful and teach the people to whom he ministers to pray diligently (2:1-4). They should not focus on clothing but rather on inner beauty (vv. 9-10). They must be careful to choose good leaders who have the right qualities and practices …

What's Done for Christ Will Last

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 2 Thessalonians The belief of the Thessalonian Christians in the truth that Christ is coming again led them to false conclusions. In this letter, Paul reaffirms belief in the second coming but points out that it will not happen until after the powers of evil have manifested themselves for some time. Only then will victory come. It is difficult to know exactly what Paul is speaking about when he talks of “the lawless one” (2:8). Beware of those …

Christ Is Coming Again

Claudia Elzinga

READ : 1 Thessalonians The New Testament places great emphasis on the fact that Christ is coming back to this earth. Today churches either neglect the subject or place their emphasis on the details of his coming, many of which are not based on solid biblical interpretation. In any case, we’ve lost nearly all sense of urgency about Jesus’ return. Christ is coming again. The church at Thessalonica was “an example to all the believers” (1:7), and one of its …