The â€œPastoral Epistlesâ€ are 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus. These are not only for pastors: they are for every believer. We are all in a â€œfull time ministryâ€ whether we know it or not.
Timothy was not too happy in his church in Ephesus; Titus was in a difficult situation on the Island of Crete. To both of them Paul wrote: â€œBe faithful. Itâ€™s too soon to quit.â€ Philemon is also considered a â€œPastoral Epistle since Paulâ€™s letter is addressed to an individual person rather than a whole church or group of churches.
Timothy was Paulâ€™s young protÃ©gÃ© and became one of Paulâ€™s constant companions. Timothy may have been somewhat passive, timid, and easily intimidated. So Paul repeatedly spurred him to act. He was to let nothing, including his youth, obstruct of his duty.
Titus was Paulâ€™s troubleshooter: Paul used him to help sort out some extremely delicate situations. In Rome, Paul met a runaway slave named Onesimus, who belonged to Philemon, a church leader at Colossae. Paul led him to Christ, and then wrote Philemon, asking him to forgive and receive Onesimus as a brother in Christ. His letter is an example of intercession for us all.
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