When churches are first established, they usually lack organizational structure and practical wisdom. Titus is instructed to help set those things in order in the church at Crete (1:5).
Qualified elders (shepherds) should be appointed as soon as possible, to protect the flock from spiritual harm (1:5-9). Older saints must be encouraged to influence younger ones in their manner of life (2:1-8). Those saints who are not free (slaves) must not forfeit their fidelity to the Lord by harboring or seeking ill-will toward those who own them (2:9-10).
All are to be submissive to the civil authorities, so as to not promote the unrest and turmoil that is oft associated with worldly-minded people (3:1-3). In this way, the church shows itself serious and godly people—a people more concerned with the appearing of the Lord than mundane matters (2:11-14).
Since God extended abundant mercy to them through Christ—through the washing of regeneration (baptism) and renewal of the Holy Spirit (submission to His word)—Christians live in hope, and their lives are characterized by good works (3:4-8, 14). They avoid irrelevant talk and do not suffer fools (3:9-11).
May we grow more in His grace as we study this beautiful book.
—Rick Kelley, “Prestonburg (KY) Informer,” Nov. 10.