Titus was a Greek believer. Taught and nurtured by Paul, he stood before the leaders of the church in Jerusalem as a living example of what Christ was doing among the Gentiles. Like Timothy, he was one of Paul’s trusted traveling companions and closest friends. Later he became Paul’s special ambassador and eventually the overseer of the churches on Crete. Slowly and carefully, Paul developed Titus into a mature Christian and a responsible leader. The letter to Titus was a step in the discipleship process. As with Timothy, Paul told Titus how to organize and lead the churches.
Paul calls for church order and right living on an island known for laziness, gluttony, lying, and evil. The Christians are to be self-disciplined as individuals, and they must be orderly as people who form one body, the church. We need to obey this message in our day when discipline is not respected or rewarded by our society. Although others may not appreciate our efforts, we must live upright lives, obey the government, and control our speech. We should live together peacefully in the church and be living examples of our faith to contemporary society.
Paul’s letter is brief, but it is an important link in the discipleship process – helping a young man grow into leadership in the church. As you read this personal letter, you will gain insight into the organization and life of the early church, and you will find principles for structuring contemporary churches. But you should also see how to be a responsible Christian leader. Read the letter to Titus and determine, like Paul, to train men and women to lead and teach others.
Sometime after Paul left Rome, he and Titus went to Crete (1:5). Titus was left there after Paul’s departure. Paul wrote this personal letter thereafter (between 63-66). Written from Necropolis (city of victory). Although there were several cities with this name, Titus was probably aware of which city it was.
To Whom Written:
To Titus, “mine own son unto the common faith,” (1:4).
The purpose of this letter is to advise Titus as to how to set things in order among the believers in Crete and how to choose community leaders there during the dispensation of grace, in the absence of divine inspiration to ensure the accomplishment of these things.
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