From Kathleen: “Paul knows some of the challenges Timothy is going to face as he pastors the church in Ephesus. He is writing to encourage Timothy, but not to feel sorry for him. Timothy has the unparalleled privilege of shepherding a group of believers in Jesus Christ. He’s a Pastor – he has the best job in the world!
But he is probably going to suffer, as Paul himself suffered. In fact, before Paul left Timothy at Ephesus there had been a city-wide riot because Paul was teaching the truth and growing the Ephesian church. (Acts 19:21-41). That is the situation Paul left with Timothy.
As we talk through 1st Timothy together, don’t forget: this is not a letter to shore up someone who is about ready to give up and throw in the towel. Not at all. This is just a little helping hand from an experienced Pastor to one who is beginning.”