Titus is a close associate of Paul. He loves Titus like a son.

Paul directs Titus to assist the church in Crete. He instructs him regarding the requirements for leadership in the church. In 1:6, Paul guides Titus, "An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. He goes further in instruction, 1:8 "Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves that is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined." Paul gives guidelines for others in the church 2:1-2 "You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of repect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance."

2:3-5 tells more "Likewise, teach the older women to be reverant in the way they live not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."

Paul believes those in the church should, "Similarly, encourge the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us."

Paul expects Christians in the church to accept their responsibilities in the church seriously and set a good example for members as well as outsiders.

Authored by LB