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1 The Word Is Alive Titus Introduction Narrated by Tony Gillon

2 Author and Title Paul is the author and Titus the recipient. Despite some disputes, there is much evidence to support its authenticity.

3 Author and Title Paul is the author and Titus the recipient. Despite some disputes, there is much evidence to support its authenticity. Confirming reasons for its authenticity.

4 Date There is no account of Paul travelling to Crete in Acts or his other letters.

5 Date There is no account of Paul travelling to Crete in Acts or his other letters. I left you behind in Crete for this reason, that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you (Titus 1:5).

6 Date There is no account of Paul travelling to Crete in Acts or his other letters. I left you behind in Crete for this reason, that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you (Titus 1:5). It is generally accepted that it was written during a later 4 th missionary journey.

7 Theme The theme of Titus is the inseparable link between faith and practice, belief and behaviour. This truth is the basis for its critique of false teaching, as well as its instruction in Christian living and qualifications for church leaders.

8 Purpose Paul had established churches on Crete and had left Titus to set up the leadership system.

9 Purpose After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, ‘It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.’ (Continued).

10 Purpose And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe (Acts 14:21–23).

11 Purpose False teaching was a problem on the island and Paul issues instruction to Titus as to how he should combat this and what should be taught – the Gospel.

12 Purpose False teaching was a problem on the island and Paul issues instruction to Titus as to how he should combat this and what should be taught – the Gospel. Crete was known for its immorality and the false teaching would be readily accepted.

13 Purpose False teaching was a problem on the island and Paul issues instruction to Titus as to how he should combat this and what should be taught – the Gospel. Crete was known for its immorality and the false teaching would be readily accepted. Paul provides the portrait of a healthy church to help Titus combat the false teachers.

14 Summary of Salvation History Christians are to endure suffering for the sake of Christ, looking back on Christ’s suffering and forward to the consummation of salvation at his Second Coming. Their treatment of one another in Christ is to be transformed in the light of his grace toward them.

15 Summary of Salvation History God’s plan brings the blessings of Christ’s salvation to people partly by means of the church and its ministries. Titus is to direct God’s people in the light of Christ’s work.

16 Writing Style Titus has all the elements to identify it as a NT epistle.

17 Writing Style Titus has all the elements to identify it as a NT epistle. The feature of the letter is its concentration, written in a curt and businesslike manner.

18 Key Themes 1.The Gospel produces godliness.

19 Key Themes 1.The Gospel produces godliness. 2.One’s deeds will either prove or disprove one’s claim to know God.

20 Key Themes 1.The Gospel produces godliness. 2.One’s deeds will either prove or disprove one’s claim to know God. 3.It is vitally important to have godly men serving as elders and pastors.

21 Key Themes 1.The Gospel produces godliness. 2.One’s deeds will either prove or disprove one’s claim to know God. 3.It is vitally important to have godly men serving as elders and pastors. 4.True Christian living will commend the Gospel to others.

22 Key Themes 5.Good works have an important place in the lives of believers.

23 Key Themes 5.Good works have an important place in the lives of believers. 6.It is important to deal clearly and firmly with doctrinal and moral error in the church.

24 Key Themes 5.Good works have an important place in the lives of believers. 6.It is important to deal clearly and firmly with doctrinal and moral error in the church. 7.The Gospel is the basis for Christian ethics.

25 The Setting of Titus Circa 63-65AD Paul likely wrote Titus during a fourth missionary journey not recorded in the book of Acts. Writing from an unknown location, he instructed Titus in how to lead the churches on the island of Crete. The churches there had apparently been founded by Paul.

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27 Outline

28 I.Titus 1:1–4 - Salutation

29 Outline I.Titus 1:1–4 – Salutation II.Titus 1: Titus in Crete

30 Outline I.Titus 1:1–4 – Salutation II.Titus 1: Titus in Crete III.Titus 2:1–3:11 - Christian Living in Contrast to the False Teachers

31 Outline I.Titus 1:1–4 – Salutation II.Titus 1: Titus in Crete III.Titus 2:1–3:11 - Christian Living in Contrast to the False Teachers IV.Titus 3:12–15 – Final Messages and Benediction

32 Introduction to Titus Ends


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