Dear Titus (Titus 1:1-4)
Over the next several months we are going to be looking at the book of Titus. Titus is a book that is all about the church. Contrary to what some might say or think, God has told us how we ought to order our churches. He has told us how we ought to live with each other in the church. God also gave to us a body of doctrine that the church is to teach. Sure, there is freedom in Christ in the way that we might apply this order, the relationships, and doctrine. However, our applications must be founded on Scripture alone. We use Scripture as our authority and attempt to apply the truths we find to our individual situations and needs. As we do this we must be careful not to misuse Scripture to justify our faulty applications. We must be students of God’s word like the book of Titus before us. We must be like the Reformers who cried “Semper Reformanda” or “Always Reforming!” We must continually examine our practices within our church and in our own live to see if they align to Scripture as close as we can possibly get. We must be at the work of reforming those things so that they do align with the inscripturated word of God. This book along with the two letters to Timothy form a foundation of church life that we need to know and follow. So without further delay let us mine this letter for its truth. First, I want to begin by giving some important background information on the letter. Then we will look at how Paul describes himself at the beginning of this letter. Paul mentions some things about eternal life that are important for us to consider. Finally, we need to hear what Paul says about his son in Christ, Titus.