Titus: A Counter-Cultural Church
Titus was a representative…he was not a pastor, but had the task of appointing and supervising the elders.
Purpose is through the selection of elders it would spur the believers in Crete to a life of godliness and good works.
The three pastoral epistles may be favorably compared.
In 1 and 2 Timothy Paul stresses doctrine.
In Titus he emphasizes duty.
The child of God is to protect the gospel in 1 Timothy.
He is to proclaim it in 2 Timothy.
He is to practice it in Titus.
Paul’s partner in the ministry
Titus 1:4 I am writing to Titus, my true son in the faith that we share. May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.
Like Timothy, Titus a true son in the faith.
Ministry Purpose in Crete
Titus 1:5 I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you.
Set in order…false teachers leading churches.
The religious culture
Titus 1:10-11 For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by their false teaching. And they do it only for money.
Please God vs. dishonest gain.
The popular culture
Titus 1:12-13 Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, “The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons.” This is true.
Paul quotes Epimendides
Appointing counter-cultural elders
Titus 1:6-7 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. A church leader is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money.
Blameless = above reproach. No one can bring a legitimate moral charge concerning the character and behavior.
A faithful husband.
Children must be believers and a good rep.
Repeats blameless. Blameless men are stewards of the household of faith.
The Message that Transforms
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.
How the counter-cultural church should behave
Men acting like real men
Titus 2:2 Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.
Women teaching women
Titus 2:3-4 teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children,
Titus 3:1-3 Remind the believers to submit to the government and its officers. They should be obedient, always ready to do what is good. They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone. Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other.
Why believers should go against the PC culture
Titus 3:4-7 When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy… Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.
Titus 2:8 This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.