Monday, September 10, 2012

Titus

Titus.  The Holy Bible.  New King James Version.  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982.


Like Timothy, Titus was a young pastor who traveled with and assisted the apostle Paul.  At the time of this letter, Titus was in Crete providing leadership for the church Paul had established there.

Titus was not only to serve as a pastor on Crete, he was to help build the church there so that he could return to aiding Paul’s missionary work.  He was a church planter.  Because of this, Paul’s advice and direction deals a lot with church leadership and conduct.

As in his some of his other letters, notably First Timothy, he give specific qualifications for church leaders.  Because good leadership begins at home, they were to have an orderly family life.  In addition, they were to have good character and a good reputation in the community.  Leaders were to serve as examples in conduct as well as be teachers of sound doctrine.

Good character should be typical throughout the church, especially in relationships.  Paul discusses how we are to treat each other as husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and workers, government authorities and citizens.

The grace of God doesn’t stop working with our salvation.  It continues in use, through the indwelling Holy Spirit, to help us be better people, more pure and more ready to receive Christ when He comes again, as we anxiously await.

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