Our message this week is entitled “Introduction to the Epistle of Titus.” We begin a new series with a look at Titus 1:1-4. We will look at some important lessons and concepts in our text in five divisions:
- “What is an Epistle?”
- “What is an Apostle?”
- Authorship Arguments
- “Who is Titus?”
- The Purpose and the Importance of the Pastoral Epistles
We want to come away understanding the importance and relevance of these church and pastoral topics to our lives as Christians, whether we are pastors and deacons or not.
Our public reading was 2 Corinthians 8:16-24.
1:1 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began 3 and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. (ESV)
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
16 But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. 17 For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. 18 With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. 19 And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. 20 We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, 21 for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. 22 And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. 23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. 24 So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men. (ESV)