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The Basic Message of Titus and How it Lives for Men Today…
Luke does not mention Titus in the book of Acts, but this able and devoted companion of Paul is referred to in other places. We do not know his place of birth, 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 the church could depend upon him for working to advance the spread of the gospel.
Titus Was a Valuable Servant
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. Paul mentions him some nine times in Second Corinthians, and always with marked affection and appreciation. The difficult tasks which Paul gave him demonstrated Titus’ strength of character and ability to deal with people. 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, he called upon Titus for that task. (2) He used Titus as a peacemaker. The church at Corinth was not void of her problems and Paul sent Titus 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. Certainly it is possible that some of them obeyed the gospel, 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, Titus had a big job on his hands. The task which Paul committed to him was a most difficult one. The immorality of the Cretans had reached such a low ebb that they gave themselves over to greediness, licentiousness, lying, and drunkenness; they were a people who were unsteady insincere, and factious.
Among such a people Titus’ assignment was no easy task. He had to to carry forward that work which Paul had already started. He must 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. A task necessary to the growth of a congregation as men develop the requirements for such an office. Paul urged Titus to teach sound doctrine to all classes; including 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].
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First Chapter Study Guide 5601sg
Second Chapter Study Guide 5602sg
Third Chapter Study Guide 5603sg
Combined Chapters of Titus 5600.CombinedSGs