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Sent to establish faith in God's people

Titus 1:1

This letter is personal and pastoral, giving an important insight into the complex and challenging task of church leadership.

Faith that rests on promises faithfully preached

Titus 1:2-3

Faith in Jesus Christ is very precious. It is a personal trusting relationship.

Family Solidarity

Titus 1:4

As Paul was writing to Titus, giving him instructions which would establish the church in Crete, he viewed the younger man as a close relative, part of his family.

Unfinished business

Titus 1:5

Although Paul's letters were personally directed to churches or individuals, they were read more widely.

Family qualifications for leadership

Titus 1:6

This verse is the first in a series of instructions to Titus for appointing church leaders (Titus 1:6-9).

Personal qualifications for leadership

Titus 1:7-8

Elders are both overseers of God's church and stewards/trustees. The Lord has delegated authority to them for ruling the churches, and they are accountable to Him.

Spiritual qualifications for leadership

Titus 1:9

Church elders must be 'men of the message': that was Paul's clear instruction to Titus as he set about his task of ordering the fast growing church in Crete.

Rebellion teaches ruin

Titus 1:10-11

Strong-minded people might make money in business or a power base in politics, but they can ruin God's purpose in the church unless they are fully submitted to Jesus Christ.

No Going Back

Titus 1:12-14

Paul's assessment, of the national temperament of the Cretan people, may seem harsh. But He merely agreed with a Cretan philosopher, based on his own experience of preaching on the Island.

Corruption agrees with unbelief

Titus 1:15-16

Some people have wrongly used these verses to justify wicked behaviour.