Sunday, July 28, 2013

Titus (Bible in 90 Days)

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Titus is one of the often forgotten books of the Bible; however, it is full of insight about the early church and how men and women are trained to lead and teach others. Titus was a Greek believer, a strong example to the work being done in Gentile believers. With the help and guidance of Paul, he became a mature Christian and a responsible leader and overseer to the churches on Crete.

Paul’s instructions to Titus are very similar to his instructions to Timothy as far as growing in Christ and structuring the church. Paul begins with leader responsibilities, pastoral qualifications and the contrast of good, faithful leaders with false teachers.

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“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” (Titus 1:5).

Paul continues by emphasizing the importance of good deeds and how to be a good example Christian, and a courageous, convicted teacher. Paul also comments on some general responsibilities of all Christians, leaders or not.

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“This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone” (Titus 3:8).

Titus provides essential information in the discipleship process, helping the youth grow into leadership in the church. Paul provides principles for structuring the church and the requirements to become a responsible Christian leader.
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