Titus for Church Planters: Part 5

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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3 thoughts on “Titus for Church Planters: Part 5

  1. Pingback: Titus for Church Planters: Part 5 « Tim Chester | Church

  2. Surely what Paul is really suggesting is the appointment of loving, servant-hearted, experienced, wise older men to serve as examples for the rebellious in the church to follow rather than simply the imposition of ‘authority’. Too many leaders these days seem to be attached to exercising their ‘authority’ and not so clear with their servant hearted, self denying, loving example setting. Too many seem to delight in having people submitting to them, rather than submitting to Christ. or they persuade thenselves that this is the same thing – which it isn’t!

  3. I appreciate your Comments Paul, but I’m not sure they’re mutually exclusive. Jesus personifies both, he has all authority in Heaven and Earth and yet exercises it just as you say. I think Paul is similar, where he pleads with the corrinthians – not wanting to lord it over them. Power does corrupt (ie warning not to promote new Christians) and I’m sure adds to our sinful hearted desire to be God, and must be a temptation to our leaders. We need to pray for them, that they may remain a Godly example and submit to Jesus as Lord and encourage others to do the same.

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