• From One Servant to Another Devotional

    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 ways you can help the leaders in your local church put into practice the lessons Paul gives to Titus. Ask the Lord to bless our study that we might grow in greater love for Him and for His church. View Resource

  • Infallibility and Inerrancy Devotional

    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 they have believed that God’s Word is incapable of erring and thus contains no errors. And because the Bible gives us ample warrant to believe this, we know we can stake our very lives on the Word of God. View Resource

  • One Family in Common Faith Devotional

    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 the church to be our family and allow ourselves to be family to other believers. Do you have close relationships with other believers in your congregation? Let us all do what we can to strengthen the bond of love with other Christians. View Resource

  • Elders for the Church on Crete Devotional

    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 ACCNT). The qualification for being a church leader, indeed, for being a Christian at all, is repentance — a continual admission of one’s sin, a turning to Christ for forgiveness, and an endeavor to set right what one has made wrong. View Resource

  • The Elder’s Character Devotional

    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 your life? There is grace for those times when we are not self-controlled, and there is renewal through repentance, but the evidence of it is seen in the endeavor to control one’s passions by the help of God’s Spirit. View Resource

  • Foundation for Instruction Devotional

    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 believers, must have not only knowledge of Scripture but love of its teachings. As we study we should be looking not only to know for the sake of knowledge but to love what God teaches. Are you asking Him to help you develop this love? View Resource

  • Silencing False Teachers Devotional

    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 who are committed to the biblical gospel must be even more willing to support those persons, institutions, and churches that proclaim Scripture faithfully. View Resource

  • When Sharp Rebuke Is Proper Devotional

    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 attitudes and actions that conform to the worst of the society around us. As we read Scripture and hear the Word of God preached, may we seek to fulfill the challenge to be Christlike both in His church and in the world. View Resource

  • Pure Things for the Pure Devotional

    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 changed to heed the Spirit’s warnings. Yet we must beware the tendency toward legalism that exists in us all and daily remind ourselves of the freedom Christ has purchased with His own blood. View Resource

  • False Professors Devotional

    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 guard against a legalistic spirit. Such questions include: Do I think some sins are beyond God’s forgiveness? Do I look down on other people for partaking of or abstaining altogether from tobacco or alcohol? Am I quicker to forgive than I am to judge? View Resource