1 Route 66 Understanding Titus Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor Bell Shoals Baptist Church September 27, 2017 Titus 3:8 (ESV) The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. Structure of Titus 1. Elders for the Church (Titus 1) 2. Ministry in the Church (Titus 2-3) Maintaining Your Spiritual Health Titus 2:1-15 Titus 2:1 (ESV) But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 1. How are you living? Titus 2:2 (ESV) Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Titus 2:3 (ESV) Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 2. Who are you leading? Titus 2:4 (ESV) and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, Titus 2:5 (ESV) to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus 2:6 (ESV) Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Titus 2:7 (ESV) Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
2 Titus 2:8 (ESV) and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us. 3. What are you learning? Titus 2:9 (ESV) Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, Titus 2:10 (ESV) not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. Titus 2:11 (ESV) For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, Titus 2:12 (ESV) training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 4. Where are you looking? Titus 2:13 (ESV) waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Titus 2:14 (ESV) who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:15 (ESV) Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
Meaning: Named for the recipient of the letter Author: Paul Audience: Titus, between Paul’s first and second imprisonment Date of Writing: 63-66 AD Theme: Instruction regarding church organization and false teaching Key Verse: Titus 3:8 Structure of Titus I. Elders for the Church (Titus 1) a. Salutation (1:1-4) b. Appointing Elders (1:5-9) c. Combating False Teachers (1:10-16) II. Ministry in the Church (Titus 2-3) a. Teaching Doctrine (2) b. The Conduct of Ministry (3:1-11) c. Instructions, Greetings (3:12-15) Several words are repeated in this brief letter, helping us to understand the burden that was on Paul’s heart. Notice that there is a major emphasis on good works (1:16; 2:7, 14; 3:1, 5, 8, 14). Saved by grace means saved unto good works. Christian doctrine and Christian living are to be sound. (1:9, 13; 2:1-2, 8). There ought to be a life of godliness (1:1; 2:12), not worldliness. God’s grace leads a person to live a godly life. (1:4; 2:11ff; 3:7, 15). Source: Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the New Testament: Wheaton: Victor Books, 1992.
Titus: Paul’s Early Associate Paul calls him “my brother,” “my partner,” and “fellow worker” Accompanied Paul and Barnabus to Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1) Delivered Paul’s “severe letter” to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 2:1-4) Helped correct problems in the Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 7:13-15) Likely delivered 2 Corinthians to the Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 8:6, 16; 12:18) Paul left Titus to oversee the church in Crete (Titus 1:5) Sent to Dalmatia (modern Yugaslavia) by Paul (2 Timothy 4:10)
Route 66: The Highway of Redemption from Genesis to Revelation Bell Shoals Baptist Church - Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor