NextLevel Online: Titus
by Mike Ackerman
Introduction and Titus 1.1-4
The apostle Paul wrote the book of Titus to a young pastor named Titus who was ministering on the Greek island of Crete. Crete has some Jews living in their towns, but it was a massive shift for most individuals in Crete who put their faith in Christ. Titus was ministering in this new and dynamic environment and this letter gives him guidance about how to faithfully navigate things. It can help us reflect on the core elements of our faith and how we should live it out in our own context.
In this section we find that Titus has been tasked with the appointment of elders in the towns throughout Crete. This passage helps us to learn that the normal and fitting experience of life in the community of believers is that godly leaders would be appointed to oversee and guide God’s people.
In this section Paul guides Titus, and us, about how to think through various life stages and economic situations to live faithfully.
We can relate graciously to all people when we realize how much grace we have received from God. In this section, Paul tells Titus that the message of grace should be the focus of his teaching.
Not only does the message of grace in Titus help us relate well to those outside the faith, it helps us relate well to one another within the family of God. This passage is a striking reminder of God’s desire for unity in his church.