Titus 1

Author

Karen Miller

Scripture

Titus 1

Observations

  • Paul is clear about who He is, what he is for, and where his hope lies
  • Paul writes to Titus, who is his child in the faith
  • Paul left Titus in Crete (the largest of the Greek islands)
  • Titus was to bring order to the church in Crete and appoint elders in every city
  • Paul then outlines the character traits and qualifications for elders/overseers
  • This list is very similar to the list given in 1 Timothy 3
  • Basically elders must be above reproach and have godly character
  • Elders must hold fast God’s word so they can exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict
  • There are rebellious and deceptive men in Crete
  • Some are of the circumcision, pay attention to Jewish myths or the commandments of men
  • A prophet rightly described Cretans as “always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons”
  • Paul instructs Timothy to reprove these men severely so they may be sound in faith
  • For their minds and their conscience are defiled
  • These men claim to know God and yet they are detestable, disobedient, and worthless for any good deed.

Application

  • Paul entrusts important work to his children in the faith.  Who are my children in the faith and what should I be entrusting to them?
  • Paul is clear that his hope is in eternal life.  Too often I place my hope in people or circumstances.  I need to place my hope in God and His promises alone.
  • My life and conduct should be above reproach, as God’s steward.   I specifically want to be less self-willed and more God-willed.
  • We are to reprove strongly those who claim to know God yet act contrary to that knowledge.  That can be hard to do.   I should be able to exhort according to sound doctrine and refute those who contradict.
  • Praise God for our elders and be praying for our elders.

Prayer

Lord, You know sometimes I try to do too much myself.  Help me to see what I should be entrusting to others and who I should be entrusting those things to.  Also, I too often put my hope in people or circumstances.  Help my hope to be rooted in You, in eternity and in your promises.   Show me when I have put my hope in the wrong things and redirect my heart and mind towards you.   Also Lord, I want to live a life that is above reproach where I am hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, not self-willed, holding fast to your word so that I will be able to exhort according to sound doctrine and refute those who contradict.   I can’t do any of that without your help.   Please help me. Keep refining my character so that I am more and more Christ-like.   Convict me of sin and grant me the grace of a deep and true repentance.   I pray this not just for myself, but for our staff and elders and for all of Trinity Church.   Help us to live lives that are above reproach.

 

 

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1. Jim Asselin wrote:
More self controlled and less self willed is something I have added to my prayer today Karen, thank you for your post.

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