Archive for January, 2011

Sound Doctrine

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

In 2:1, Paul tells Titus to teach “sound doctrine.”

I wonder how much sound doctrine is common sense, and how much goes against the grain.

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Summary of Titus 2

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment

What to teach, summarized.

Categories: outline, Titus


January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

In verse 16, Paul reminds us that it’s by our actions that our belief in God is proved.

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To Refute or Not to Refute?

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I don’t believe this question is answered in this week’s passage.  But it’s an important issue to consider.

When do you argue, and when do you hold your tongue?

Categories: Titus

Silencing the Rebellious

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The commentaries on verses 10-16 agree that although the specifics of the heresy are unclear, it is important that Christians face lies directly and assertively.

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Qualities of an Elder

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

In verses 5-9, Paul writes that an elder in the church should behave like an elder outside the church, too.

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January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Titus is named 13 times in the New Testament.

He is mentioned most frequently in 2 Corinthians.  Paul refers to Titus as “my brother” and an encouragement.

So Paul and Titus had many common interests and experiences before this letter was written.

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January 24, 2011 Leave a comment

In the first three verses of Titus, Paul explains that his purpose is to “further the faith of God’s elect.”

Furthering faith seems like a noble cause.  But why only God’s elect?  Don’t people who still need God’s grace need this message just as much?

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Outline of Titus 1

January 23, 2011 Leave a comment
  1. Paul introduces himself
  2. How to be a good elder
  3. Silencing the rebellious

It’s interesting to me how specific Paul’s description is of the qualifications of an elder, how generic his criticism of the circumcision group and other rebels.  It appears that a reader could end up interpreting the latter part of this chapter to meet his or her own preconceived notions.  I will read some commentaries on verses 10-16 to see if there’s consensus or confusion on this particular passage.

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Titus 3

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Paul focuses on interpersonal relationships in this last chapter.

I look forward to going though a verse-by-verse study of Titus over the next three weeks.

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