DATE: 63-66 AD
When Paul left Crete to go to Nicopolis in Achaia (southern Greece, Titus 3:12), he put Titus in charge of the churches at Crete. Either from Macedonia or Nicopolis, he wrote this letter to encourage Titus.
Titus was a Gentile by birth (Gal. 2:3) and was converted through the ministry of Paul (Titus 1:4). Titus accompanied Paul to Jerusalem at the time of the apostolic council (Acts 15:2; Gal. 2:1-3). He was Paul’s emissary to the church at Corinth during the third missionary journey (2 Cor. 7:6-7; 8:6, 16). Titus and two others took the letter we call 2 Corinthians to Corinth and urged the Corinthians to fulfill their promise to give to the poor in Jerusalem. Paul left Titus in Crete to use his administrative gifts to consolidate the work there. Artemas or Tychicus probably relieved Titus in Crete so he could join Paul in Nicopolis (Titus 3:12), from where Paul sent him to Dalmatia, the former Yugoslavia (2 Tim. 4:10). Tradition says that Titus returned to Crete and died there.
In his letter to Titus, Paul discussed the qualifications for elders (Titus 1:5-9), instructions to various age groups (Titus 2:1-8), relationship to government (Titus 3:1-2), and the relation of regeneration to human works and to the Spirit (Titus 3:5).
OUTLINE OF TITUS
I. Opening Greetings, 1:1-4
II. Elders in the Church, 1:5-9
A. Their Desirability, 1:5
B. Their Qualifications, 1:6-9
III. Offenders in the Church, 1:10-16
IV. Operation of the Church, 2:1-3:11
A. Duties of the Minister, 2:1-10
B. Living in Response to God’s Grace, 2:11-15
C. Demonstration of Good Works, 3:1-11
1. In relation to governments, 3:1
2. In relation to all people, 3:2-8
3. In relation to false teachers, 3:9-11
V. Personal Messages and Greetings, 3:12-15
Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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