The entire book of Titus is on the home page as an audio file.
The second part of Titus isn’t going to be an in-depth study of the book. Instead, I’m going to reflect on the things that hit me about this collection of Biblical verses. I offer these things like my thoughts and not teaching.
Looking at this set of instructions to Titus on how to deal with church matters, I have observed how some of these verses can, and probably do, create an almost rebellious attitude in believers who may not be well-grounded in their faith; and for non-believers, perhaps downright anger at what seems controlling to them.
That’s a big problem in plucking a group of verses out of context, even an entire book. If you don’t know and understand the message of the whole Bible, Old Testament, and New Testament and if you don’t understand the culture of the time and the way language was used, then plunging these words into modern language and culture can sometimes create dangerous outcomes. I feel for, I pray for, those who are tasked with translating Scripture. I highly respect those whom God has called to teach the Bible and lead God’s people.
While the qualifications for elders sound really strict, we have to remember elders hold a very high responsibility in their service to God, and God’s people. For their own sake, as well as the sake of the people, their integrity must be beyond doubt, and their self-control in submission to God will prevent all kinds of issues within the church. An elder’s ability to instill trust will lead to solid ministry, representing God to His people. God who is love. God who is just. Accepting God means accepting the things we don’t understand, even the hard things, and trusting He has a reason for them, and it is for our good.
Believers must own their part in the church dynamics. They are members of a powerful team for good, and if they create problems, the problems must be addressed, just like in any other group or organization.
Some people may not like the idea of doctrine. But teaching a sound, productive, loving way of life is what doctrine is all about. As believers and individuals, we all live the life that is God’s Will for us, and the doctrine we follow is our guideline. It models the way to live in self-control, kindness, submissiveness, and a multitude of other positive things. (Some of the words used, like submissiveness, are worth taking another look at their Biblical definitions)
As believers, we can each share that God’s grace has been offered us. The gift of salvation is available for everyone, and those who accept that gift can have great hope for a new world without lawlessness.
Titus is a letter to instruct one person on how to help people attain that goal. How to prepare to be ready to take part in good works, help with needs, and be a part of the family of God. It is a letter to us as well, it’s significance as powerful today as when Titus received it.
Titus might, in some ways, be compared to combat training. In its way as difficult as any military training. The life of a believer is an ongoing battle, and anyone who goes into battle needs the training to survive.
Titus is not an easy book, for many reasons. But, like all scripture, it was God-breathed and given to us for a reason. So, today I offer observations on Titus from someone who continues to learn right along with the rest of you.