Writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Tom Wright helps us to see the pastoral nature of these three letters. They are not just instruction books for junior disciples, but a guide to a way of life, and in many ways appropriate to all Christians.
Two strands in particular run through the letters. First, Paul I anxious that those who profes the faith should allow the gospel to transform the whole of their lives, right down to the deepest parts of their personality. Second, he is anxious that every teacher of the faith should know how to build up the community in mutual support, rather than tear it apart through the wrong sort of teaching and behaviour.
“For those regularly engaged in ‘translating’ the text for small groups, these books could well fall into the ‘sell your shirt and buy it’ category. For the preacher they will give a good brief summary of the text and a fine collection of illustrations rooted in everyday life. I’m glad I still have a few shirts left to sell.”