The Basic Message of Titus and How it Lives for Men Today… While Titus is not mentioned in the book of Acts, this able and devoted companion of Paul is referred to in other places. His birth place is not known, but probably was in Antioch of Syria. At least, this is the conviction of many great scholars. Titus played a great part in the early history of the church and was of such character that he was and could be depended upon for the advancement of the gospel.
It is remarkable to note the prominence which Titus enjoyed in Paul’s epistles to the churches, showing the fact that Paul did regard him highly. He is mentioned some nine times in Second Corinthians, and always with marked affection and appreciation. The strength of character and ability to deal with people was graphically portrayed in the difficult tasks which were given him. For instance: (1) The collection for the Jerusalem Saints. When Paul needed someone to motivate the Corinthians in their duties toward aiding the saints in Judea, which they promised, Titus was called upon for that task. (2) He was used as a peacemaker. The church at Corinth was not void of her problems and Titus was sent there according to 2 Corinthians 7.5-16, to help this situation. (3) He was used to demonstrate a principle (Gal 2.1-5). When Paul and Barnabas left Antioch to go into the Galatian area to establish churches, some Judaizing teachers came to Antioch and taught that circumcision was still binding. It is at this point and time that Paul uses Titus to teach a great lesson to the Jews. (4) His work on the Island of Crete. Sometime after Paul’s release from his first imprisonment he and Titus did some evangelistic work at Crete. Whether this was the first effort among these people we know not. We do know however, that on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, there were representatives from Crete and it is possible that some of the were converted during that time, and later returned to their homeland and established the work. Be that as it may, we see from Titus 1.5 that Paul had left Titus there to set things in order.
Purpose of this Book… When Paul left Titus in Crete, his work was truly cut out for him. The task which was committed to him was a most difficult one. The immorality of the Cretans had reached such a low ebb that they were given over to greediness, licentiousness, lying, and drunkenness; they were a people who could be labeled as unsteady insincere, and factious.
Among such a people it was no easy task which Titus had to sustain when commissioned to carry forward that work which Paul had already started, and to set in order the affairs of the churches which had arisen there. The first thing Paul instructed Titus to do was to select men who qualified for the work of elders. This is so necessary to the growth of a congregation when there are men who meet the requirements for such an office. Titus was also urged to teach sound doctrine to all classes; the old as well as the young, taking heed meanwhile that he himself is a pattern of good works. To stimulate faith in God’s chosen people and to lead them on to a more complete knowledge of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life was of utmost importance [William A. Wilder, “The Living Message of Titus,” in The Living Messages of the Books of the New Testament, Edited by Garland Elkins and Thomas B. Warren, pp., 244-245].
For a PDF copy of the Study Guides on Titus, click below:
Titus 1 Study Guide 5601sg
Titus 2 Study Guide 5602sg
Titus 3 Study Guide 5603sg
Combined 3-Chapters of Titus 5600.CombinedSGs
One of my friends whom I truly admire, respect, and appreciate is Roger D. Campbell. He has spent many years in the foreign mission field. During that time he took it upon himself to learn two of the most difficult languages on earth: Mandarin Chinese and Russian. I was present in the assembly when he preached his first sermon in the Russian language in Kiev.
Roger is a great student of the Bible. For many months I have received from him his monthly publication, Truth, by Email. On the previous Maple Hill website I posted many of his Truth issues (with permission). Since we now have this new site I am combining all of last years’ issues into one PDF file. I then will begin posting the monthly.
Each issue contains four one-page articles. Each will have an Old Testament article and one New Testament article, plus two other topical articles. I am listing those Bible text articles with page numbers as found in the combined issue. I am listing them in Bible order. Please download this PDF, read and study it, and then tell others where they can come to receive it, as well.
2017 issues of Truth… Truth2017merged
One of the things we want to do on this site is to link to other good Bible study material online. Garland Robinson has long been providing such. He is the producer and editor of the periodical: Seek the Old Paths. The May 2018 issue is now available online. We recommend it to you for your study…
The Apostle Peter obviously has concern for his brethren and wants to motivate them faithfully to endure persecution which will surely come (if not already present). His powerfully persuasive arguments should provide a strength to saints of all ages! He attempts to help the brethren to appreciate more their own salvation by showing others (prophets & angels) had/have great interest in it. We are urged to prepare for meeting temptations and persecutions and to keep it in perspective that these sufferings are only temporary. He takes us to the Cross to remind us of the great cost of our salvation. He reminds us of the importance of having sincere love of our brethren, who have so many things in common with us.
“The basic message of 1 Peter concerns suffering. It is obvious that the people to whom it was written were suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Undoubtedly, this persecution took many different forms. We know that some of what they were subjected to involved being falsely charged with evil (1 Pet. 2:11-12). Those who have been wrongly accused of something know that it is not easy to endure. False accusations take a great toll on one emotionally. However, it seems that their suffering involved more than mere talk, for Peter calls it a “fiery trial” that was testing their faith (1 Pet. 4:12). One of the things Peter sets out to do in this epistle is to instruct God’s people on how to handle persecution. They must not react by retaliating (1 Pet. 2:21-25; 3:9), nor should they justify their adversaries by engaging in the things of which they are being accused (1 Pet. 4:15-16). Rather, he says, they must “put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet. 2:11-16) by living pure lives that do not justify the slander. Also, he says they should rejoice that they are suffering because they are Christians (1 Pet. 4:13).
“Not only is Peter instructing them on how to deal with suffering for the sake of one’s affiliation with Jesus, but above all else he teaches them that they must remain faithful to the very faith that is bringing the persecution. This is a high price to pay, and, undoubtedly, a price they had not counted on when they became disciples.
“If people are asked to pay a price, they must be convinced that what they are getting is worth the price they are paying. In this way 1 Pet. 1:1-12 fits into the persecution theme of this letter. These words are Peter’s effort to convince his readers that the Christian faith is worth holding on to despite their suffering. What does Peter tell them about Christianity that makes it worth suffering for? He tells them about the future hope they have as Christians (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Then, he tells them that their present trials will serve to prove that their faith is genuine (1 Pet. 1:5-9). Finally, he looks at Christianity from the past (1 Pet. 1:10-12). The prophets and even the angels were greatly interested in the faith they have had the honor of receiving.” [Gene Burgett, in Studies in 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude, Edited by Dub McClish, 17th Annual Denton Lectures, 1998, p. 29].
In combination with our radio program WALKING IN TRUTH, we produced study guides for the 260 chapters of the New Testament. We will be posting those study guides in the coming days to this site. If you benefit from these study guides will you please spread the word on social media by using the links below this post?
Chapter 1… 6001sg
Chapter 2… 6002sg
Chapter 3… 6003sg
Chapter 4… 6004sg
Chapter 5… 6005sg
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I have spent many years in an organized school environment (actually 12.5 years past high school). I continue to be in school in many ways. One of the ways is that I attend the School of the Walk. I listen to podcasts and other mp3 files as I walk for exercise. Today I had a couple of good classes. One was a class I have enjoyed almost every Thursday of the year for about five years from the podcast: PREACHERS IN TRAINING, by Robert Hatfield. The subject matter was: “Ministering to the Young and the Mature,” with Jacob Rutledge. This podcast is excellent and always helpful to those who carry on the work of a preacher and others who are interested in understanding preaching.
For my second class, I listened to another podcast. This was the regular recording of sermons provided by the West Huntsville church of Christ. I was so favorably impressed with the message I heard on the “Importance of Baptism,” preached by Dave Miller. I could use many adjectives to describe how wonderful the message was. It was certainly one of the greatest messages on baptism I have ever heard. It was so well developed; easily understood; powerfully potent with truth; impossible to refute; and, I recommend that you pause what you are doing right now and take a listen: by clicking H-E-R-E.