When we think of the apostle Paul, 'pastor' is not usually the first
word that springs to mind. He may seem too intellectual, too tempestuous
and fiery, even too determinedly pioneering, to fall into the 'pastoral'
This book demonstrates that, at heart, Paul was indeed too multi-faceted
in both background and ministry to be defined by a single function.
Rather, we should think of him in at least five ways: as apostle,
prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. Thinking of him as a pastor is,
then, legitimate. Indeed, apart from the accounts of his church-planting
journeys across Asia and Europe that we find in Acts, most of what he
has left us is a record in the epistles of his teaching and his pastoral
care of the churches he planted or cared for. You could say that his
teaching was, in fact, the product of his pastoral care, which was
itself a product of his pioneering and prophetic evangelism.
Author Patrick Whitworth makes the case for Paul's extraordinary
teaching - for which he is justifiably most celebrated - being a product
of his pastoral care, which was itself a product of his pioneering and
prophetic evangelism. Perhaps he was an unlikely pastor, but he was
above all passionate, and an inspiration to pastors everywhere, to be
studied and emulated, fathomed and then followed.
The book includes a study guide with a wealth of questions for group
discussion linked to each chapter.
Publisher Bible Reading Fellowship