Continuing our series on Titus for Church Planters, this post looks at the solution Titus offers to the rebellion surrounding the church.
What is Paul’s solution for a church infected by the surrounding culture? Look at verse 5: ‘The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.’ Paul’s solution is the appointment of elders. Notice the word ‘for’ at the beginning of verse 10. You should appoint elders ‘for there are many rebellious people’. This is the solution for rebellious people. And the solution is more authority!
Look at how Paul finishes the letter in 3:15: ‘Everyone with me sends you [singular – i.e. Titus] greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all [plural – i.e. everyone in the church].’ (3:15) In other words, this is a letter to Titus, but Paul expects the whole church to overhear what’s being said. Paul wants everyone to know Titus is doing what he should be doing. That’s why Paul starts the letter so formally. He doesn’t need to set out his credentials to Titus. But the church needs to know that Paul speaks as ‘a servant of God and an apostle of Christ’ (1:1).
So when Paul talks about leaders in this letter, he’s describing what you – plural, i.e. everyone in the church – should expect leaders to be like and what you should expect leaders to do.
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