Introduction – Titus

Titus was a Greek Gentile who became very close to Paul…much like the relationship of Paul & Timothy.  It was Titus and Barnabas who accompanied Paul to Jerusalem to show the Jews that God’s salvation was for Gentiles too!  Paul referred to Titus as “my partner and fellow worker” (II Cor. 8:23)  Now we find Titus living on the Island of Crete.  The Cretians were not an easy people to work with (Titus 1:12-13).  Paul wrote Titus to encourage him despite the current condition of the Cretian church.  It is believed one of the proponents were ignorant Christians who exercised their wayward beliefs upon the church.  The problem was the misunderstanding of the word “Grace” and how that should affect our lives.

QT – Titus 1

Titus was a Greek Gentile who became very close to Paul…much like the relationship of Paul & Timothy.  It was Titus and Barnabas who accompanied Paul to Jerusalem to show the Jews that God’s salvation was for Gentiles too!  Paul referred to Titus as “my partner and fellow worker” (II Cor. 8:23)  Now we find Titus living on the Island of Crete.  The Cretians were not an easy people to work with (Titus 1:12-13).  Paul wrote Titus to encourage him despite the current condition of the Cretian church.  It is believed one of the proponents were ignorant Christians who exercised their wayward beliefs upon the church.  The problem was the misunderstanding of the word “Grace” and how that should affect our lives.

Regarding application…False Teachings.  Vs. 16, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”  Titus was asked to do a pretty monumental task.  To bring the young church from false teachings and ways…to a point where the Cretians are living on Biblical truths!   Titus had the job of organizing local leaders/pastors to live up to the standard that is put upon them.  Titus had the job to refute the false teachings and teachers.  The problem with the Cretian Christians is that they were too tolerant to their way of life and the false teachings that surrounded them.  But more importantly for us today….That same problem exists.  We cover our tolerance and justify it with saying words like “Love” and “Grace”….shame on us.  It is an insult to God when we distort His Truth!  If you find yourself not agreeing with me…go back and really read this chapter.  Titus was to deal with such false teachings by stopping their mouths (11) and rebuking them (13).  You may think, “I don’t really know any false teachers?”  While we may not have such a prominent figure head to point too…false teachings and distorted ways to live a Christian life are rampant in the church.  Just go back and look at vs. 16, that I quoted from the beginning.  Part of the problem is when people claim to know God yet live a life that looks like the world.  They pervert the word of “Grace” by saying God has forgiven us, so we can live any way we desire.