Book of Titus Chapter One
(Part One)

Introduction: A key idea in the book of Titus is to stay focused on God’s will. Today, we hope to discuss the opening greetings.

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Body:
Read Titus 1:1-4

I. Opening Greetings. We see in this first section of the book of Titus that Paul greets Titus. He refers to himself as a servant of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ.

He talks about how God has a timetable that included a time of revealing the hope found in eternal life. He talks about Titus being his son in the common faith.

Applications -

- Servants and Apostles. Notice in vs. 1 of the book of Titus that Paul refers to himself as both a servant and an Apostle. First, to be a servant of God is to say that God is the Master and you are the servant or slave.

This means God gives orders and instructions. We are to obey. If it were a human master, we would be outraged and very suspicious. But with God, we can trust Him to be gracious with us and make all of our sacrifices worth the trouble.

Second, to be an Apostle means to be sent out on a special assignment. In the New Testament, it often means one who has been sent out on a special assignment, after having a personal encounter with Jesus.

We will meet Jesus at the resurrection, as opposed to right now. But we do have instructions, right now, to go forth and carry out our various special assignments. We all have the assignments of worship, witness, and love.

And then we have our individual assignments that we need to discover and carryout. Let’s work on being great servants and apostles for the Lord. Notice further that both terms include the idea of working, not simply sitting and soaking up human admiration.

- Knowledge, faith, and godliness. Notice in vss. 1 and 3 of the book of Titus that Paul is called to help the elect further their faith and knowledge with a view of them being more godly.

First, beyond our ability to explain well is the notion that someone how God has elected who will be saved. Instead of worrying about God’s electing, we should spend our time making sure we have accepted Christ as our savior and helping others do the same.

Second, no one knows it all. Therefore, we should be striving to further our knowledge. We should be thankful that God sends Pastors to feed us and to help develop Christian education efforts for the people of God.

Third, the goal of our living faith and knowledge is that we may live godly lives. A claim to have faith without works of godliness is a dead faith.

Knowledge of God’s will without obeying God’s will makes us more eligible for divine punishment, because to whom much is given, much is required.

Fourth, our faith, knowledge, and godliness all aim towards our hope of eternal life. Our hope is not in this world or its promises. Our hope is in a world that human hands have not made and cannot destroy.

Let’s work on developing our knowledge, faith, and godliness, so that our hope stays fresh, no matter what we experience in this mean world.

- Telling the truth. Notice in vs. 2 that God does not lie. We can count on His promises. First, we should live like we believe that God does not lie. Such living should be known for obedience.

Second, we sin so greatly when we, as representatives of Christ, are known for lying. Too many people lie when they recite their wedding vows.

Too many lie when they read the Church Covenant. Let’s work on living like we trust the promises of God, including living up to the promises that we make.

- Helpful relationships. Notice in vs. 4 the idea of Titus being Paul’s son in the common faith. First, to have a son makes one a parent - in Paul’s case, a father.

There is a great need for more mature disciples to help people get saved and grow in the Lord. We need more parent figures in the church.

Second, Titus’ being the son of Paul says something about the humility of Titus. There are too few people willing to humble themselves to be like a son or daughter of a mature disciple.

Third, the base of Paul and Titus’ relationship was the common faith. They both believed that Jesus was Savior and Lord. Let’s work on developing relationships that help us grow in the Lord.

Sometimes we need a Paul and Titus relationship - father and son. And sometimes we need a Titus and Timothy relationship - peer to peer. We will not be able to do either well, if we don’t even know one another’s names.

- Seeking what is good for others. Notice in vs. 4 of the book of Titus that Paul bids Titus grace and peace from God. The church and our relationships among believers should be known for seeking what is good for one another.

Our Christian relationships should not be known for competition, revenge, or apathy. They should be known for being supportive, encouraging, and seeking what is good for the other.

Surely, we need grace, because we are falling short of what God is calling us to do and be.  And we need peace. We need peace with God, peace of mind, and peace with others. Let’s work on developing relationships that seek what is good for one another.

Conclusion: Let’s work on staying focused on God’s will. God has much for those who obey His will.

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