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By Bryan Williams / Faithlife / 2009
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The pastoral letters contain the teachings of three wise men. They had insight, discernment, and common sense.
Paul was wise. He was wise because he followed and preached Christ, “the wisdom of God.” Paul’s wisdom, expressed in his life and letters, has fascinated, challenged, and encouraged generations of Christians.
Timothy was also wise. His wisdom, to some degree, came from a godly pedigree and upbringing. But he was also wise because of his sincere faith.
Titus was wise, too. He had gladly accepted two tricky missions to Corinth. First, he had practically acted as a mediator between Paul and the touchy Corinthians, who had been led astray by false teachers. After that, he had been a member of a party to collect an offering for the poor in Corinth. His third task was the ministry in Crete.
Three wise men—all following God, and all influencing generations of Christians through their teaching and missionary efforts. We have much to learn from them, and Bryan Williams’ study guide helps explain their wisdom for today’s church.
Bryan Williams was born and raised in Nelson, New Zealand. In 1958, he moved to England to attend London Bible College. In 1962, Williams gained a B.D. from the University of London and an ALBC diploma from London Bible College. At the invitation of the Bible Institute of South Africa, he began lecturing there in 1970, and held various positions there. In 1977, he completed his Ph.D. through the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. For years, he has led home Bible studies and served in various church committees. He has written numerous books, and has devoted his life to developing tools to help people study the Bible more fruitfully. Bryan and his wife, Barbara, live in Cape Town, South Africa.