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Titus 1 verses 4 to 5

4 To Titus, my genuine son in a common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior!

5 The reason I left you in Crete was to set in order the remaining matters and to appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.

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Phrases:

To Titus, my genuine son in a common faith – Paul’s son means that Titus either became a Christian or was trained through Paul’s ministry. 

A genuine son means Titus’ faith was true as evidenced by his good works. 

James 2:18 (NET) 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works.

Common faith means Titus was saved by the same faith by which all Christians are saved. 

Discussion Questions:

1.  Who won you to Christ?  Who trained you up in the Faith?  Name those believers that you can call spiritual sons and daughters through your ministry?  Name someone that you have trained up in the faith?

2.  Explain the differences between a genuine believer and a non-genuine professing Christian?

3. How can you determine if you are a genuine son of God?

See below for additional New Testament verses about Titus.

Galatians 2

1 Then after fourteen years I went up to Jerusalem again with Barnabas, taking Titus along too.
2 I went there because of a revelation and presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did so only in a private meeting with the influential people, to make sure that I was not running – or had not run – in vain.
3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, although he was a Greek.

2 Cor 2
12 Now when I arrived in Troas to proclaim the gospel of Christ, even though the Lord had opened a door of opportunity for me,
13 I had no relief in my spirit, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said good-bye to them and set out for Macedonia.

Discussion Question:
Think of a spiritual brother or sister that you look forward to seeing?

2 Corinthians 7 (NET)
5 For even when we came into Macedonia, our body had no rest at all, but we were troubled in every way – struggles from the outside, fears from within.
6 But God, who encourages the downhearted, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.
7 We were encouraged not only by his arrival, but also by the encouragement you gave him, as he reported to us your longing, your mourning, your deep concern for me, so that I rejoiced more than ever.

Discussion Question:
Who can you count on for spiritual encouragement? In what ways do they encourage you? Can you provide spiritual encouragement for someone who needs it?

2 Corinthians 8:1 (NET) 1 Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia,
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4 begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the saints.
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6 Thus we urged Titus that, just as he had previously begun this work, so also he should complete this act of kindness for you.
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7 But as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, and in all eagerness and in the love from us that is in you – make sure that you excel in this act of kindness too.
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16 But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same devotion I have for you,
17 because he not only accepted our request, but since he was very eager, he is coming to you of his own accord.
18 And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his work in spreading the gospel.
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22 And we are sending with them our brother whom we have tested many times and found eager in many matters, but who now is much more eager than ever because of the great confidence he has in you.
23 If there is any question about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; if there is any question about our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ.
24 Therefore show them openly before the churches the proof of your love and of our pride in you.

Discussion Question:
Can you name someone who is devoted to the people in a Christian ministry? What does their devotion look like?

2 Corinthians 12:18 (NET) 18 I urged Titus to visit you and I sent our brother along with him. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit? Did we not behave in the same way?

Discussion Questions:
Can you give an example today of Christians who take advantage of others? How do they take advantage?

2 Timothy 4:10 (NET) 10 For Demas deserted me, since he loved the present age, and he went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia.

From the above verses we can piece together the following about Titus….

  • Titus was Paul’s son in the common faith. 
  • Titus had much spiritual fruit since Paul calls Titus his genuine son.
  • Titus accompanied Paul to Jerusalem to meet the leaders.
  • Titus was an uncircumcised Greek Gentile.
  • Paul calls Titus his brother – meaning his spiritual brother with a fondness for him like a physical brother.
  • Paul and Titus were emotionally good friends – Paul was looking forward to seeing him in Troas.
  • Paul was encouraged by the arrival of Titus in Macedonia.
  • Titus came to Macedonia from Corinth with good news that the Corinthians longed to see Paul.  Paul sent Titus back to Corinth with other brothers to take up the collection to help the saints.
  • Titus was devoted to the Corinthians.
  • Paul calls Titus his partner and fellow worker among the Corinthians showing the devotion they both had for the Corinthians.
  • Titus was not the type to take advantage of the Corinthian church.
  • Titus went to Dalmatia for an unknown reason. “Dalmatia is a mountainous country on the eastern shore of the Adriatic, a part of the Roman province of Illyricum.” Blue Letter Bible

Grace and peace – Paul’s common greeting in his letters which means spiritual favor, wellbeing and harmony. 

from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior! – by whom the blessings of grace and peace flow: The Father, our provider, and His Anointed, Jesus, the Savior of believers through the common faith.

The reason I left you in Crete – Here we learn that Paul left Titus in Crete for the purpose below.

Crete is a small Island located in the Mediterranean Sea. This is the same island Paul sailed under before being caught in the Euroclydon and crashing on Melita during his journey to answer before Caesar.

was to set in order the remaining matters – Titus’ mission was to set things in order in the churches on the island of Crete.  The things to set in order are mentioned throughout this letter and probably the things which are mentioned throughout the other New Twstament letters as well.

Discussion Question:

What were some matters which Paul brought order to in his other letters found in the New Testament?

and to appoint elders in every town, as I directed you – the second part of Titus’ mission was to appoint leaders / officers in each Town in Crete. The letter to Timothy and this letter to Titus specify the qualifications of perspective elders. There appears to be no hierarchy of the elders mentioned. It is unclear if there are a plurality of elders in each individual house church or if there were multiple house churches in each town with one elder in each or a combination of both. We only know each town had a plurality of elders with no specified hierarchy. We also know it was important to Paul to have these elders – important enough to leave Titus to this task. The reasons for elders will be discussed  later in this letter. 

Discussion Question:

How do you imagine the church would look without elders?

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Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.

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Are You a Genuine Son?

Bob,

Continue to be of use in growing My kingdom.  Through My divine plan I have used your life to win a few family members, friends, co-workers, and even a few kids at the detention center to faith in My Son. 

Continue to live a life that glorifies Me. Be careful to strive against sin that your faith and love for me may prove to be genuine. Examine your faith to see if it is true. My apostle James said, faith without works is dead.  Your faith should be changing you from within to do want to do good works and to be obedient.  When you sin, that living faith should make you feel very uncomfortable. Quickly confess your sins, and I will cleanse you from all unrighteousness. 

Be grateful for those spiritual brothers and sisters who lift your spirit when you see them. Be grateful for their love and encouragement. Think about each one. Be grateful that I have put them in your life.  Also, don’t forget to be an encouragement to them.  Reciprocate encouragement for encouragement. Pay attention to those divine appointments to lift up others and encourage them to follow Me. 

Be grateful for your Pastor. He is devoted to your spiritual growth. Be thankful for his depth of knowledge and wisdom to refute false doctrine and encourage good practices.

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