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Titus-Detailed Outline
A. An Orderly Church
Titus 1:1-1:4 Introduction: Paul uses a designation for himself as “A servant of God, ” which is a bond-slave of God. He also calls himself an Apostle of Jesus Christ, which is one, called directly of Jesus Christ. Paul makes the statement that God promised eternal life before the world began. Titus is another spiritual son of Paul.
Titus 1:5-1:9 An orderly church must have ordained elders who meet prescribed requirements. The elders are representatives of the congregations (there was to be more than one). They have spiritual oversight of the churches as well as being teachers of the Word. Elder” and “bishop” seem to be synonymous terms. There are some additions and some omissions when compared to the requirements in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
Titus 1:10-1:16 The bad reputation of the Cretans. Cretans were Unruly, vain, deceivers, subverting whole families, teaching bad things…for money, rude cruel, liars, lazy, gluttons. Because of their background, Titus was to deal with them severely so they would not turn from the truth to fables. They are to be rebuked that they may be sound in the faith, because they are reprobate at the present time. They say the know God but they deny Him by what they do.
B. A Sound Church
Titus 2:1-2:10 The church must teach sound doctrine. The local church should be conspicuous by the teaching of sound doctrine (the Word of God). Aged men, among other things, must be sound in the faith. Aged women, among other things, must be teachers of good things. By their experience they are able to instruct the young women to be sober minded, to love their husbands, and children, to be discreet, keepers of t he home, and obedient to their husbands. Young men are to be sober minded, do good works, be sincere, not able to be corrupted, of sound speech and grave. Servants are to obey and faithfully serve their masters
Titus 2:11-2:15 The church must preach the grace of God. Past tense: The grace of God hath appeared over 2000 years ago, He came into human history to establish a space-time relationship with mankind. He intruded into the stream of humanity — He died and rose again. This is what the grace of God is all about. Present tense: This is the teaching ministry of Christ that continues through the work of the Holy Spirit. This is practical sanctification. Future tense: “Looking for” is a continuing expectancy. This is the Rapture, which means the redemption of our bodies. This completes salvation. “The great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ”…this is a clear-cut statement of the deity of Christ. Titus is to preach these things with authority, so are we.
C. A Practical Church
Titus 3:1-3:7 Good works are evidence of salvation. The church must have members who are law-abiding. A believer should obey the laws of the land in which he lives as long as they do not conflict or contradict his duty and relationship to God. We are to be “Ready to every good work” which means to be prepared and eager to perform every good work. We used to be foolish, disobedient, deceived, serve various lusts, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating each other. But our works have changed and we have been saved by God’s grace…not by our new works. Works of righteousness” do not save a sinner, because he has none (they are as filthy rags according to Isaiah 64:6). Love provided a Savior to pay the penalty for sin; now God, who is rich in mercy, can save according to His mercy. He saves by grace, which is love in action (Ephesians 2:4-9).
Titus 3:8-15 Good works are profitable for the present and future. Believers should be consistently reminded to perform good works, for it is profitable, for others. Foolish questions, the study of genealogies, and arguments about the law are the things to be avoided, for they are not profitable, for others. Paul’s final word concerns good works. Paul concludes his letter with a benediction.

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