The Book of Titus
Since we’re starting now, we’re going to be talking about some of the context of Titus so that we have an understanding of what is going on in this letter, then we’ll get into chapter 1. The book of Titus is a letter written by Paul to Titus who is in Crete. Titus is on the island of Crete because Paul and himself introduced the Christian faith to the people on the island and Titus has been charged with organizing the converts and leading them to become part of The Church. The people who live on the island of Crete are well known to be gluttonous as well as immoral. In fact, their immorality and gluttony have become proverbial in the culture surrounding the island. In fact, the culture of Crete led us to have our own insult, “cretin”. The book of Titus was written between 63-65ad.Titus is an interesting person in Scripture, he is never mentioned in the book of Acts but is mentioned 13 other times in Scripture and is believed to be the person to deliver 2nd Corinthians to the church of Corinth. With that being said, let’s get into chapter 1.
The main section that I want us to focus on is verses 10-16. Now I would love to dive into the whole chapter but unfortunately this devotion would turn into a book if I did that for every chapter. Take a minute and read those verses before we continue. Does this seem different to our own social understanding on how to handle disruptive people? Of course it does! The typical church culture on how to deal with “rebellious people” is to ignore them and hope that the problem fizzles out right? But this passage tells us to rebuke them sharply! Can you imagine how much our culture would change if we actually confronted the people who were causing issues? Can you imagine how much healthier every church would be if the people of the church actually cared enough to put a stop to the people that are causing issues just to cause issues? Granted, it is 100% easier to hope that the problem goes away on its own and to not do anything about it or confront anyone. However, easier doesn’t always mean better.
With that being said, let me ask you a question; How can you speak into the culture that you are a part of to improve it and lead people to Jesus? Maybe that culture is the church culture that you are a part of. What can improve, and what can you do about it to make sure that improvement takes place? God put you where you are to make a difference, not to sit idly by and let things happen around you.
Pastor Alex Gebert Crossroads Wesleyan Church