Reading the Bible together – Titus
– The book we are reading this month is Paul’s letter to Titus, which is the 17th book of the New Testament.
This will be the 40th book of the Bible we will have read, since commencing this initiative, three years ago in October 2015. (We have actually read Matthew and Joshua twice!)
We will review this month’s book at our Bible Study and Prayer Meeting on Thursday 5th April 2018.
Introduction to Paul’s Letter to Titus
‘To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.’ Titus 1:4
‘Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;’ Titus 3:5
Paul wrote his epistle to Titus because there was false teaching that had crept in to the church, and Paul desired to counsel Titus so that he could take the right course of action. He instructed Titus regarding the qualifications of an elder, how to deal with false teachers and the dangers they bring, and Paul also encourages him on living the Christian life.
- Chapter 1 – Church Organization
- Chapter 2 – Church Living
- Chapter 3 – Pastoral Ministry
Summary of the book of Titus
Pastoral Epistles – 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus are referred to as the Pastoral Epistles. Most scholars believe they were written between Paul’s first and second imprisonments, sometime between 64 and 67 AD.
Titus – Titus was a Gentile convert of the apostle Paul (Titus 1:4). There was a big debate in Jerusalem regarding Judaism and Christianity. The Jews in Jerusalem who were followers of Christ demanded that Titus be circumcised, and Paul resisted them because he wanted Titus to be an example of how Christ frees the believer from the law of Moses. Titus made two trips to Corinth to collect a contribution for the poor saints in Jerusalem and Paul commended him as a faithful helper (2 Corinthians 7-8).
Crete – When the apostle Paul was released from prison Titus had accompanied him, and Paul sent Titus to the island of Crete to help with the church there. The Cretans had a reputation of dishonesty, piracy, and loose morality. It is interesting to note that men from the island of Crete were in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost when God poured out his Spirit and the church was born (Acts 2). Paul had visited the island of Crete and observed all the immorality of the people there, and even the church was difficult to organize.
Date – Written by Paul the apostle shortly after 1 Timothy, about AD 64 or 65. The epistle was written in either Nicopolis, Thessalonica, or Philippi, or somewhere on the road to Nicopolis.
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