This epistle is a concise manual of conduct for assemblies of brothers and sisters in Christ. Titus 1 and 1 Timothy 3 are critical to the organization of the local church because they outline God’s requirements for the leadership of the body of believers. Titus provides us with instruction on the ordination of elders, dealing with false teachers, the role of different groups within the church, and the relationship between sound doctrine and godly behavior.
Paul’s salutation to Titus contains a rich statement of God’s redemptive purpose for His people (1:1-4). He then launches into the principal purpose of the letter, which is to provide instructions for the oversight and conduct of the churches in Crete. Paul gives his associate a list of qualifications to assist him in discerning the right people for this leadership office in each church (1:5-9), and then warns him about the problem of corruption and false teaching (1:10-16).
READING of TITUS 1
Lord, may I be a servant of Your truth and hold fast the faithful word not only in my thinking, but also in my daily practice.
Meditation passage for today: verses 1-3
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