Sunday, June 22, 2014

Titus For You (God's Word for You)

I’ve read the first three books in the God’s Word for You series, all written out of studies by Tim Keller. This volume on Titus is slightly shorter than the rest, coming in at about 120 pages, which makes sense since Titus is one of the shortest books in the Bible. However, there’s still plenty to glean from this New Testament epistle, and Tim Chester works through each verse to bring the treasure of God’s word to light. The verse-by-verse format makes this a popular-level resource for personal and small group Bible study as well as an example for preachers who preach exegetically through whole books of the Bible.

As mentioned, Tim Chester writes this book in the series, making it the first book not written by Tim Keller. Future volumes will come from Chester, Keller, and others. The style of the book does not stray from the other volumes in the series—sermon-like with clear explanation coupled with practical application. The most noticeable difference between Chester’s work and that of Keller comes from some language and idioms not found in American English (Chester lives in the United Kingdom). These “Englishisms” didn’t detract from the reading experience, but I did stop for a moment when I came across them.

The book of Titus itself is not a very controversial book, although some academic circles debate whether Paul wrote it or not. Chester does not mess with those discussions and takes for granted Pauline authorship. His commitment to the inspiration and authority of Scripture sets him squarely within the Evangelical tradition. Although he does take a minority position that the “Great God and Savior” refers to God the Father rather than Jesus, he gives textual reasons for doing so and holds firmly to the deity of Christ.

The pastoral content of the epistle itself and Chester’s years of experience in ministry commends Titus for You to young minister’s and the congregations they lead, but anyone can benefit from the clear exposition of God’s word. Hence the title: Titus for You.

I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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