Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: James 1:19

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Paul's final instructions

Titus 3: 12-15

12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolois: for I have determined there to winter. 

The city of Nicopolis was on the western coast of Greece. Artemas or Tychicus would take over Titus's work on the island of Crete, so Titus could meet Paul in Nicopolis.  Tychicus was one of Paul's trusted companions (Acts 20:4, Ephesians 6:21, Colossians 4:7).  Titus would have to leave quickly because the sea travel was dangerous in the winter months.

13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.

Apollos was a famous Christian preacher.  A native of Alexandria in North Africa, he became a Christian in Ephesus and was trained by Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:24-28; 1 Corinthians 1:12).

14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
15 All that are with me salute thee.  Greet them that love us in the faith.  Grace be with you all.  Amen.

The letters of Paul to Titus and Timothy mark the end of Paul's writing and the end of his life and ministry.  These letters are rich treasures for us today because they give vital information for church leadership.  They provide a strong model for elders, pastors, and other Christian leaders as they develop younger leaders to carry on the work, following Paul's example of preparing Timothy and Titus to carry on his ministry.  For practical guidelines on church leadership and problems solving, carefully study the principles found in these letters.

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