Between the two imprisonments in Rome, Paul, in company with his son in the faith Titus, visited Crete. The churches lacked proper organization and for this reason Paul asked Titus to remain there to straighten out what was left unfinished, and to appoint elders in every town, (1:5-11). The lack of good spiritual leadership had left the church with moral and social problems, as well as disorderly Christian conduct, (1:10-16). The letter to Titus, like the two to Timothy, is a pastoral epistle full of straightforward instructions for the leaders and the order that should be seen in a local church.
The words, “Good Works” appear frequently and are a key to the epistle. When Paul speaks of good works he is not referring to works for salvation as that is only by faith, but rather the good works which are a result of the salvation the believer already enjoys.
Titus is a short book, but nevertheless it is really practical and it gives us guide lines as to how we can “make the teaching about God our Savior attractive,” (2:10).
Ian Taylor, a native Australian, has served the Lord in church-planting, teaching, printing, and publishing ministries across three continents. After 20 years in Colombia as a commended missionary, he moved to the U.S. to help establish a Spanish literature ministry and start an assembly among the Spanish-speaking Hispanics of West Palm Beach, Florida. Ian now lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he serves as an elder at
Grace Bible Chapel and enjoys an itinerant preaching ministry.