1 TIMOTHY. In the first of the pastoral epistles, Paul wrote to Timothy in Ephesus, encouraging him in his faith, and affirming his leadership and abilities. Timothy's work was overwhelming, so Paul gave him a set of guidelines for choosing leadership within the congregation to help Timothy in his ministry. These guidelines provide today's church with the most thorough instruction for choosing strong and godly leaders. And they offer help for Christians today wanting to become effective leaders in the church. LifeChange Series: Christians have a lifelong goal: to become like Christ. This involves change, and change isn't always easy. But the more you know of God's purposes for you, the more you can experience His joy and participate in His plan. The LifeChange Series of Bible studies on books of the Bible can help you grow in Christlikeness through a life-changing encounter with God's Word. You'll benefit in these important ways: 1) You'll gain a firm understanding of the book-its historical context, purpose, structure, and meaning; 2) You'll apply its powerful, relevant wisdom to needs and issues you are currently working through; and 3) You'll acquire personal study skills and a thirst to return to the book on your own-so you can keep going deeper into its life-transforming truths.