inREVIEW — Entrusted with the Gospel: Pastoral Expositions of 2 Timothy, edited by D.A. Carson

by Lee Buford on January 4, 2011

Entrusted With The Gospel: Pastoral Expositions of 2 Timothy is one of those rare books that has the potential to impact the lives of, and be appreciated across, a wide spectrum of readers. The book comprises the sermons of six preachers who participated in the 2009 national conference of The Gospel Coalition in Chicago, each asked to teach from and expound the book of 2 Timothy.

If you’re a Christian not serving in the pastorate, and you’re familiar with 2 Timothy, you might be mistakenly tempted to write this book off as one solely beneficial for pastors or would-be pastors. No question, the expositions herein are of tremendous benefit for pastors, but there is also much to be appreciated by all Christians. The primary focus on and commitment to the truth of the gospel is something we all must appreciate, treasure, and diligently preserve for future generations.

Each of these six men, though quite different in terms of style and background, share a love for Jesus and the gospel, the unifying love that binds the Church and followers of Christ all over the world. I see this as uniquely positive for this book, and ultimately the reader. Here’s a look at the men and the sermon titles/texts included:

  1. Feed the Flame of God’s Gift: Unashamed Courage in the Gospel
    John Piper (2 Timothy 1:1-12)
  2. The Pattern of Sound Words
    Philip Ryken (2 Timothy 1:13-2:13)
  3. The Marks of Positive Ministry
    Mark Driscoll (2 Timothy 2:14-4:26)
  4. Shadowlands: Pittfalls and Parodies of Gospel-Centered Ministry
    K. Edward Copeland (2 Timothy 3:1-9)
  5. Preach the Word!
    Bryan Chapell (2 Timothy 3:10-4:5)
  6. Finishing Well
    J. Ligon Duncan (2 Timothy 4:6-22)

As you might expect from any book and/or pastor committed to the true exposition of the gospel, this book will challenge you at different points. I appreciate that about this work and I’m sure you will too.

We are not all pastors, but we are all called to go make disciples, to engage our cities and communities through ministries and the use of our God-given gifts. To that end, this book is a beneficial read for all Christians.

You can also check out the videos of the actual sermons, as well as many other excellent resources and blogs, on The Gospel Coalition’s website.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway Books as part of their Reviewer Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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