Titus Chapter 1

September 26, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Titus. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Paul writes this letter to Titus before he writes 2 Timothy. Titus, was a Greek, and traveled with Paul extensively in the course of his ministry. Tradition says that after Paul was released from prison in Rome (before his second and final Roman imprisonment), he and Titus traveled together for awhile. They stopped in Crete, and when it was time for Paul to go, he left Titus behind to help oversee the new churches that were starting there and to appoint leaders for the churches being established. Crete was a small island in the Mediterranean Sea. I think verse 12 is interesting:

12 Even one of their own prophets has said, “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”

Paul is quoting a line from a poem by Epimenides, a poet and philosopher who had lived in Crete 600 years earlier. It is where we get the derogatory term “Cretan” comes from. Paul was alluding to this to make the point that Titus’s ministry was very much needed in Crete.

Titus 1:1-16 (NIV)
1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness– 2 a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3 and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, 4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. 5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless–not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. 10 For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach–and that for the sake of dishonest gain. 12 Even one of their own prophets has said, “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

Titus 1:1-4

In these first verses Paul gives us an idea of what he believes his purpose and mission are.

Telling people about Jesus so they can put their faith in Him, teaching them the knowledge of the truth so that they can live by doing the next right thing, which results in people living godly lives.

That is a great mission and purpose concept for all of us. We need to be ready and willing to share our faith, speak the truth in love and live by trying to do the next right thing.

Titus 1:5-9

Since Titus needs to appoint elders in the churches, Paul gives him a list of qualifications the elders should have. Most of the qualifications have to do more with character than skill. How we live this life tends to speak a lot louder than how we say we live this life.

In verse 8 Paul talks about the importance of being hospitable. We talk about that here a lot in the context of radical hospitality. Hospitality is very important today because so many people struggle with loneliness. In our self-focused culture, we can show that we genuinely care about people by being hospitable.

Titus 1:10-14

Just as he had dome with Timothy, Paul warns Titus about false teachers. Remember the importance of checking everything against the Bible. Spend time everyday reading through and praying about the scriptures.

Titus 1:12-16

Perspective. How do you see the world around you? All good, all evil? I think we need to always try and have a throne room perspective. To see things the way that God does. Look for the beauty of potential. Think about what you are thankful for instead of what you don’t have.

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