by Stan Coffey

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Titus: God's Order for the Local Church (19 of 32)
Series: Through the Bible Survey
Stan Coffey

AUTHORSHIP: The Apostle Paul

RECIPIENT: Titus - Titus was converted at a comparatively early period in Paul's ministry, for he accompanied Paul and Barnabas as part of the delegation from Antioch to Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1-4). His home was Antioch in Syria. He was one of Paul's converts and became a test case in the matter of Gentile freedom from the ceremonial law. On Paul's third missionary journey Titus was sent from Ephesus to Corinth to see what impact the epistle of I Corinthians had made on the church at Corinth (2 Corinthians 2:12-13; 8; 9). He returned to Paul in Macedonia (Acts 20:2; 2 Corinthians 7:5) and was sent back bearing 2 Corinthians. From 2 Corinthians 8:18 and 12:18 we learn that when Titus was sent to Corinth another believer accompanied him, one ''whose praise is in all the churches,'' usually identified as Luke. Some suggest that Luke and Titus were brothers. The ''we'' passages in Acts, where Luke accompanied Paul, are seen by some as an obscure reference to Titus. In the interval between Paul's two Roman imprisonments, Titus accompanied the apostle to Crete (Titus 1:5). Titus remained behind to pastor the church while Paul left. This letter was Paul's instructions for dealing with order and disorder in the church.

BACKGROUND: Crete, an island southeast of Greece, was a mountainous but populous city boasting in ancient civilization. The Cretans were great sailors but had a very bad moral reputation. We have no information about the specific founding of the church at Crete, although we do know that Cretans were present at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.

THEME: Titus deals with several topics pertinent to the local church. These topics include- right leadership within the church, right teaching within the church and right living within the church.


A. Paul affirms his status - 1:1
B. Paul attests his s ...

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