1 Paul, a servant of god, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
Paul wrote this letter between his first and second imprisonments in Rome to guide Titus in working wiht the churches on the island of Crete. There was a strong pagan influence on this small island, therefore the church needed strong Christian leadership
In one phrase, Paul gives his reason for living. He calls himself a servant of God - he was committed to obeying God. This obedience led him to spend his life telling others about Christ. How would you describe your purpose in life? To what are you devoted?
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
The foundation of our faith is trust in God's character. Because he is truth, he is the source of all truth and cannot lie. Believing this truth leads to a God - honoring life-style. The eternal life he has promised will be ours because he keeps his promises. Build your faith on the foundation of a trustworthy God who will not lie.
3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy and peace, from god the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Titus, a Greek, was one of Paul's most trusted and dependable co-worker. Paul sent Titus to Corinth on several special missions to help the church in its troubles (2 Corinthians 7,8). Paul and Titus also traveled together to Jerusalem (Galatians 2:3) and Crete (1:5). Paul left Titus in Crete to lead the new churches springing up on the island. Titus is last mentioned by Paul in 2 Timothy 4:20; his last recorded letter. Titus had leadership ability, so Paul gave him leadership responsibility, urging him to use his abilities well.
I am a bit excited about venturing into this book. I have never really studied an entire book like this aside from Ruth and Esther. Whenever we do this type of study in church I tend to get lost because I don't always hear the preacher.. something I really struggle with in churches with my hearing impairment. I am starting with these small books to get myself into the habit of Bible reading daily. I tend to dig deep into a huge project and never actually accomplish it. I am thrilled that with the Lord's help, I have made it this far.