|This week we focus on the study of Titus Chapter one. The purpose of this letter was to advise Titus in his responsibility of supervising the churches on the island of Crete. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy|
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives.“–Titus 1 : 1 (NLT)
Paul calls himself “a slave of God”-that is , one who was committed to obeying God. This obedience led Paul to spend his life telling others about Christ. He also calls himself “an apostle.” Even though Paul was not one of the original 12, he was specially called by God to bring the Good News to the Gentiles. The word “apostle” means “messenger or missionary.” “Those God has chosen” refers to God’s choice of His people, the Church.
In one short phrase , Paul gives insight into his reason for living. The process begins with the proclamation of faith, continues with knowledge of the truth, which is then shown by people living godly lives. Paul wanted men and women to be mature in Jesus Christ. This was his ultimate objective by which he evaluated all he did.
How will your church evaluate its ultimate objectives? What specific goals, ministries, and service opportunities bring believers to faith, spiritual maturity, and godly living? Do established members reflect good Christian conduct and desire for Christian service? How do you describe your purpose in life? To what are you devoted? Are you willing to share your faith, teach the truth, and live for all to see?