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Running the Race: Growing disciples as church together
Paul's Letters to Timothy and Titus
The importance of these letters for us today:

Life is a bit like running a race. We have a starting point and a goal, and each step either leads us towards our goal or away from it. As disciples of Jesus we are in a race where the finishing line is to be with Christ forever, in complete peace and joy. The key in this race is about running faithfully in the right direction, getting stronger in Jesus as we go rather than weaker. And we don’t run this race alone – we run it alongside other believers, helping each other to be more sure about our faith in Jesus and growing together. Therefore, it’s important that we understand God’s purposes for the church, and life together – our personal transformation is linked to the health of the church, which is God’s vehicle for Gospel growth.


Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus are written to churches who are in that race – at the end of his final letter before his death, he says, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). And his desire through these letters is that his hearers would run the Christian race together, keeping their faith in Jesus as their fuel.

The issues addressed in these letters are very relevant to the church in our day. Underpinning the letters is the priority of guarding the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how this influences our:

  • Godly living

  • Discipling & investing in the next generation

  • Caring for the vulnerable

  • Suffering for Christ

  • Loyalty to each other

  • and Persevering in our faith to the end!


God has some exciting and challenging things to say and do in our lives through this series, as we seek to grow as followers of Jesus together at PBC. Let’s run this race together in truth and love!


Introduction [Listen]

1st September 2019:

The Gospel is worth fighting for!

1 Tim 1:1-20 (Titus 1:10-16; 1 Tim 3:14-4:6) [Notes] [Listen]


8th September:

Honouring Jesus in worship

1 Tim 2:1-15 [Notes] [Listen]

15th September:

Qualities of Christian leaders

1 Tim 3:1-13 (Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim 5:17-25) [Notes] [Listen]

29th September:

Training in godliness

1 Tim 4:7-16 (1 Tim 6:3-21) [Notes] [Listen]

6th October:

Discipling the whole church

Titus 2:1-15 (1 Tim 5:1-2; 6:1-2) [Notes] [Listen]

13th October:

Caring for the vulnerable

1 Tim 5:3-16 [Notes] [Listen]

20th October:

Grace and doing good

Titus 2:11-3:15 [Notes] [Listen]

3rd November:

Loyalty to Christ – persevering through suffering

2 Timothy 1:1-2:13 [Notes] [Listen]

10th November:

Loyalty to the Gospel – faithfully proclaiming the true word of God

2 Timothy 2:14-26; 4:1-5 [Notes] [Listen]

17th November:

Loyalty to each other – nurturing Christian relationships

2 Timothy 3:1-17 [Notes] [Listen]

1st December:

Loyalty to the end – Finishing the race

2 Timothy 4:6-22 [Notes] [Listen]

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