Friday, May 14, 2010

Church Order: An Introduction And Outline Of Titus (1:1 - 3:15)

Titus: 1:1 - 3:15                                                                                         
Background:

Titus was a Gentile (Gal. 2:3), apparently led to Christ through Paul's evangelism (Tit. 1:4). As a delegate, he helped resolve problems in the church at Corinth during Paul's third gospel tour (2 Cor. 7:6-7; 8:6, 16). Paul left Titus in Crete to finish setting in order the work begun there (Titus 1:5).

Contents:

Titus explains how to set new local churches in order. Chapter one calls for Titus to appoint godly elders and reprove false teachers. Chapters two through three explain how believers should engage in good works. The basis for church order is the sound doctrine that God's grace should result in good deeds (1:1; 2:11-13; 3:4-8, 14).

Theme: Promote Church Order

Outline:

1) By appointing godly leaders (1:1-8)
2) By teaching sound doctrine (1:9)
3) By reproving false teachers (1:10-16)
4) By maintaining good works (2:1 - 3:15)

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