Titus 1

 

Scripture

Titus 1:8-9

Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

Observation

This chapter begins with a salutation and prayer for Titus from the writer, Paul.  He then explains the reason Titus was left in Crete – to appoint elders or pastors in every town.  He first outlines what an elder should NOT be (v 6-7), then goes on to explain what an elder SHOULD be.

Understanding

Ultimately, the pastors / elders of the church are to have certain character and qualifications – as the leadership of the “flock” they are to be examples, both in word and in action.   

Life Application

I am so grateful that we have such great examples of God-serving leadership in our church.  May we honor them, pray over them, care for them and live out these same characteristics in our lives as we seek to honor Him and draw others to Him.

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– Rei