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Key thoughts on Titus 1 . . .
1. Paul's Identity: servant/slave of God; apostle of Jesus Christ (vs 1a)
2. Paul's Task: evangelism, edification, encouragment (vss 1b-3)
3. Titus: Paul's true spiritual son; at work in the field--Crete (4)
4. Priority Need for Titus: Elders in every town/place
DRBC DISTINCTIVE: PLURALITY OF ELDERS
5. Qualification of Elders (5-9; also see 1 Timothy 3:1-7). Note the interchangeable use of the word "overseer" with "elder" in verse 7. The terms "pastor," bishop," and "elder" all refer to the same office, each emphasizing a different aspect of leadership. Verses 6-8 focus on his character; verse 9 focuses on what he must be able to do.
6. The Need for Elders, So Qualified (10-16). Many false teachers who must be silenced by the instruction and correction of the sound doctrine of the Word of God (10-11). Note that faithful ministry as elders will lead to opposition of the enemies of God (circumcision party, Judaizers, legalists, prevailing cultural context, those attracted to Jewish myths and commands of men). Note also the gospel implications of verses 15-16: the issue is whether or not sinners have had their hearts changed by the truth of the gospel! Works can never earn salvation, but they can certainly expose those who have never been saved.
Application Questions . . .
1. Paul's first instruction to Titus in the body of his letter is to establish elders in every place. What does this imply about the importance of solid leadership?
2. Does your regard for solid leadership reflect this priority?
3. According to the list of qualifications in vss 5-9, is the priority in the selection of elders on character and faithfulness or popularity and personality?
4. How do you reflect this biblical priority in the way you interact with elders and leaders?
5. Should an elder expect that sound doctrine will bring about conflict and contrast?
6. If we note that a particular culture is full of sinners and characterized by sinful behavior, do we have the right to be prejudiced against the people of that culture?
7. Can a sinner (defiled and unbelieving) earn his way into God's favor through good works?
8. Is a redeemed sinner regarded as pure on the basis of the purity of his works?
DRBC Small groups meet regularly. These groups are excellent sources for conversation about these issues and more. All are invited to participate. Contact DRBC for info.
Soli Deo Gloria!