Graphics of Titus





Vital statistics



 Purpose: To advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. 
 Author: Paul
 Original audience: Titus, a Greek, probably converted to Christ through Paul's ministry (he had become Paul's special representative to the island of Crete)
 Date written: Approximately A.D. 64 around the same time 1 Timothy was written; probably from Macedonia when Paul traveled between his Roman imprisonments. 
 Setting: Paul sent Titus to organize and oversee the churches on Crete. Titus letter tells Titus how to do this Job. 
 Key verse: "I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you" (1:5)
 Key people: Paul, Titus
 Key places: Crete, Nicopolis
 Special features; Titus is very similar to 1 Timothy with its instructions to church leaders. 



Five “Workstyle” Categories


Description
Issue
Application
“obedient to their own masters
Authority
Do you…
     follow instructions?
     comply with industry standards?
     pay your fair share of taxes?
“well pleasing in all things”
Excellence
Do you…
     take pride in your work?
     use the right tools for the job, in the right way?
     work just as hard even when the boss isn’t around?
“not answering back”
Conflict
Do you…
     seek to resolve conflicts in a healthy way?
     respond with honesty and courtesy?
     promote constructive cooperation instead of destructive competition?
“not pilfering”
Honesty & Integrity
Do you…
     keep an honest accounting of your hours?
     pay for personal expenses rather than charge them to company expense accounts?
     avoid making personal long-distance calls on the company’s phone?
“showing all good fidelity”
Loyalty & Dependability
Do you…
     keep your word?
     do what it takes to meet deadlines?
     honor what your company stands for?
Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Gn 1.1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.




Qualifications for Leadership


Scripture
Qualification
Explanation
1. Above reproach
Not open to censure; having unimpeachable Integrity.
2. Husband of one wife
A one-wife kind of man, not a philanderer (doesn’t necessarily rule out widowers or divorced men).
3. Having believing children
Children are Christians, not incorrigible or unruly.
4. Not self-willed
Not arrogantly self-satisfied.
Titus 1:5–9
5. Not quick-tempered
Not prone to anger or irascible.
6. Not addicted to wine
Not fond of wine, or drunk.
7. Not pugnacious
Not contentious or quarrelsome.
8. Not a money-lover
Not greedy for money.
9. Hospitable
A stranger-lover, generous to guests.
10. Lover of good
Loving goodness.
11. Sensible
Self-controlled, sane, temperate.
12. Just
Righteous, upright, aligned with right.
13. Devout
Responsible in fulfilling moral obligations to God and man.
14. Self-controlled
Restrained, under control.
15. Holding fast the Word
Committed to God’s Word as authoritative.
16. Able to teach sound doctrine
Calling others to wholeness through teaching God’s Word.
17. Able to refute objections
Convincing Those who speak against the truth.
18. Temperate
Calm and collected in spirit; sober.
Additional from
19. Gentle
Fair, equitable, not insisting on his own rights.
1 Timothy 3:1–7
20. Able to manage household
A good leader in his own family.
21. Not a new convert
Not a new Christian.
22. Well thought of
Good representative of Christ.
23. Willingly, not under compulsion
Not serving against his will.
24. According to God (in some Greek texts)
By God’s appointment.
Additional from
25. Not for shameful gain
Not money-motivated.
1 Peter 5:1–4
26. Not fording it over the flock
Not dominating in his area of ministry (a shepherd is to lead not drive the flock).
27. As an example
A pleasure to follow because of his Christian example.
28. As accountable to the Chief Shepherd
Motivated by the crown to be gained—authority to reign with Christ.
Richards, L., & Richards, L. O. (1987). The teacher's commentary. Includes index. (973). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.



Titus’s Teachings


 To the Cretans: Ignore fables and false commandments (1:14)
 To the older men: Be sober, reverent, temperate, trusting, loving, and patient (2:2)
 To the older women: Be reverent, teach good things, do not slander nor drink much wine (2:3)
 To the younger women: Be discreet, pure homemakers and love you husbands and children (2:45)
 To the young men: Be sober-minded, do good works, and maintain right doctrine (2:6–8)
 To servants: Be obedient and respectful of masters (2:910)
New Geneva study Bible. 1997, c1995 (electronic ed.) (Tit 2.5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.



The Blueprint



 
 1. Leadership in the church (1:1-16)

 2. Right living in the church (2:1-15)

 3. Right living in society (3:1-15)

 
 Paul calls for church order and right living on an island know for laziness, gluttony, lying, and evil. The Christians are to be self-disciplined as individuals, and they must be orderly as people who from 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 loving examples of our faith to contemporary society.