• From One Servant to Another

    Titus 1:1–2

    Take some time to skim over Titus in preparation for the studies over the next two months. Consider how the lessons for the young church on Crete may also benefit the established churches of today. Think of some of the ...Read More

  • Infallibility and Inerrancy

    Titus 1:2

    Some people have recently used the term infallibility even though they believe the Bible does contain errors, so we need to be on guard against the possible misuse of the word. Historically, however, Christians have said Scripture is infallible because ...Read More

  • One Family in Common Faith

    Titus 1:3–4

    Scripture says in many places that our real family is formed not by blood ties but through faith in Christ (Mark 3:31–35). Ultimately, only our relationships with true believers will endure eternally, and so we must look to ...Read More

  • Elders for the Church on Crete

    Titus 1:5–6

    Augustine notes that Paul does not say “‘If anyone is without sin.’ For if he were to say this, every person would be rejected, no one would be ordained” (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT vol. 9, p. 286; hereafter ...Read More

  • The Elder’s Character

    Titus 1:7–8

    The vices Paul mentions in today’s passage are obviously prohibited for any Christian. One of the most difficult to overcome is self-indulgence, for our culture does little to encourage self-control. Do you bear this fruit of the Spirit in ...Read More

  • Foundation for Instruction

    Titus 1:9

    John Calvin writes, “Those persons shall be chosen who, having cordially embraced the truth of God, and holding it firmly, never allow it to be wrested from them, or can be torn from it.” The elder, as well as all ...Read More

  • Silencing False Teachers

    Titus 1:10–11

    It remains true in our day that money often follows erroneous teaching, and, unfortunately, sinners often seem more willing to throw their income at people and institutions who water down the gospel or teach an outright perversion of it. We ...Read More

  • When Sharp Rebuke Is Proper

    Titus 1:12–14

    The church must be on guard against the culture transforming it, for it is distinct from culture and must remain so. People should be able to see in our love for one another something they have never seen before, not ...Read More

  • Pure Things for the Pure

    Titus 1:15

    Dr. John MacArthur writes, “If the mind is defiled, it cannot accurately inform the conscience, so conscience cannot warn the person” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,822). Unrepentant legalists focus on matters indifferent because their hearts have not been ...Read More

  • False Professors

    Titus 1:16

    The hardness of our own hearts makes it easy to see legalism in others but not so easy to see it in ourselves. But if we ask ourselves some simple questions on a regular basis, it will be easier to ...Read More

  • The Call to Sound Doctrine

    Titus 2:1

    In order for us to do what is right, we must first know what is holy. Yet as time goes on, we see also that we can understand better what is good only as we do what pleases God. Not ...Read More

  • The Call to Sound Doctrine

    Titus 2:1

    In order for us to do what is right, we must first know what is holy. Yet as time goes on, we see also that we can understand better what is good only as we do what pleases God. Not ...Read More

  • Trinitarian Heresies

    Titus 2:1

    The church rejected modalism and Arianism centuries ago, but that has not stopped these ideas from recurring from time to time. Unitarians and some Pentecostals affirm a form of modalism. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are modern-day Arians. Even many people ...Read More

  • The Conduct of Older Men

    Titus 2:2

    Many Christians have observed that one of the chief problems with our culture today is the way in which it glorifies those men who never grow up. Instead of dignity, our society often prizes foolishness, and it is an unwritten ...Read More

  • Lessons for Young Women

    Titus 2:3b–4

    One of the most significant ministries an older woman can have (indeed, that the church can have) is to mentor a young woman in godliness, which includes helping her learn how to love and serve her family. Not every new ...Read More