I am currently coming to the end of a sermon series through 1 Timothy. During these months of study, the book has been helpful to bring our church to a deeper urgency and unity around the gospel. As with all message series, I look for great thinkers who can aid in my preparation. Here is a list of some commentaries that have helped me most.
1 Timothy by Philip Graham Ryken. This work was perhaps my favorite during my studies. It is a great mix of historical context and modern application through his Reformed theological grid. Though I find some disagreement on the nuances of soteriology with Ryken, it is a volume you will greatly enjoy. Ryken writes with the heart of a pastor who knows how to mine the depths of the gospel.
Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation: 1-2 Timothy & Titus by Andreas Kostenberger. It comes from a fairly new commentary series that guides us to the historical context and original language. Kostenberger is a world-class scholar that knows how to help local pastors deepen their understanding of the Scriptures.
The Letters to Timothy and Titus (NICNT) by Philip H. Towner. The NICOT/NT is one of my favorite series of commentaries. Towner’s volume does not disappoint and comes in at a hefty 886 pages. With this work, you will dig through the connection points of culture, church, and truth. It maintains an accessible depth of scholarship that pastors need for understanding these Pauline letters.