Today is day 88 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
The book of Titus joins the ranks of 1 Timothy & 2 Timothy as a “pastoral epistle.” This one is written to Titus, the pastor of the church in Crete, planted by Paul the Apostle. Paul writes this letter to instruct Titus in what to do since Paul had left. He gives basic guidelines on how to run the church, how to choose elders within the church, and more. It’s another very valuable book for church leaders and pastors.
A few things stand out to me in this short letter…
1) The need for rebuke.
Paul is not scared to say it how it is. He’s not what you would call “seeker-friendly” or “politically correct.”
“One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,” – Titus 1:12-13
“As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.” – Titus 3:10-11
“Rebuke them sharply.” Ouch. That doesn’t sound fun.
As comfortable as Paul seems to be with it, I can speak from experience when I say that it’s never fun. As a pastor, my job is not only to equip the saints and preach the word, but also to protect the sheep from wolves and and rebuke those who need to be rebuked. Of course the goal is always correction and restoration so as not to cause further division.
2) The role of the ladies
In 1 Timothy, Paul was clear what women are not called to within the church, but in Titus, he gives some clarification on what they are called to. The highlights are being well-behaved, training up the younger women, and loving their families and husbands. You can read the full list in Titus 2:3-5.
3) The need for solid, Biblical preaching.
“But as for you, teach what accords with found doctrine.” – Titus 2:1
The need for solid, Biblical teaching can’t be addressed enough. It’s overlooked and under appreciated in today’s culture. God’s word has been given to us to keep us on track, and the more we listen to it and put it into action in our lives, the better off we’ll be.