Facts about Titus
- Titus was a Greek follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and a companion of the Apostle Paul. While his name is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, it is mentioned in 2 of Paul’s other letters…Galatians 2:1-3 and 2 Corinthians 8:23.
- In this case, Paul had assigned him the task of going to the Island of Crete ( A LARGE ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF GREECE) to restore order to a network of house churches…essentially to “LEAD!”
Facts about the Island of Crete
- The Crete culture was notorious in the ancient world. One of the Greek words for being a liar is the word: “KRE-TIZO”.
- These people were famous for treachery and greed. And most of the men on the island were known for being mercenaries soldiers who hired themselves out to the highest bidder.
- And the cities were known for being plague with violence, and sexual corruption.
- However, the Island of Crete had many strategic harbors that served many other cities across the Mediterranean Sea and that’s why Paul thought it would be a great place to start some new churches.
- We don’t know all the details, but somehow these churches came under the influence of Corrupt Cretan Leaders. They said they were Christians, but they were ruining the churches by sowing division and pedaling false doctrine.
- And so Paul assigned Titus to go to Crete and teach them what a Healthy Church and its impact looks like and set things straight…and this letter provided the instructions.
- Titus was to “Identify and Train Healthy Leaders” and get the new network of churches back on track doctrinally (Biblical Teaching) by raising up godly men who weren’t afraid to confront false teaching. (Which we’ll talk about this week)
- Then he goes into talking about how the Church needs to “Disciple the Next Generation of Men and Women with the Truth.” (I’ll speak about that next week)
- He concludes with a “New Kind of Humanity” that needs to be lived out in our everyday lives. And closes the letter with some final greetings. (That will conclude this series on the Book of Titus).
TITUS WAS GIVEN 3 RESPONSIBILITIES IN CHAPTER 1
- PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE GOD WHO DOES NOT LIE!
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began 3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior; 4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” TITUS 1:1-4 (ESV)
- IDENTIFY AND SET APART LEADERS WHO AREN’T AFRAID TO LEAD.
5 “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” TITUS 1:5-9 (ESV)
- TO COMMAND THEM TO SILENCE THE FALSE TEACHERS.
10 “For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” TITUS 1:10-16 (ESV)
LIVE IT OUT
- WHERE AND TO WHOM DO YOU NEED TO SHARE THE GOSPEL THIS WEEK?
- AS A MAN, WHAT AREAS NEED GROWTH IN YOUR LEADERSHIP?
- ARE YOU WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THE TRUTH…NO MATTER WHAT?