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THINKING BIBLICALLY - Part 2           Page 3
V. 3 (cont'd.)

** When did that happen?

At his conversion, on the road to Damascus! Let's look at that together.
Please join me in Acts, chapter 9.

Read verses 1-6, then 13-20. "...and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, 'He is the Son of God'."

On our way back to Titus, let's stop off at Romans 1:15-16 to see just how powerful this Proclamation was for Adam's fallen race. (Romans 5:12-19 describes Adam's sinful impact!)

Read Passage - "...for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..."

V. 4 ** OK - back in Titus, how does Paul feel about the recipient of this letter?

"...my true child in a common faith..." He has an abiding love and trust for Titus.

** What is his prayerful desire for Titus?

That he would be blessed by the "Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior".

Having seen "The Powerful Proclamation" which is the power of God for salvation, let's move on to "The Prescribed Pattern" that every true believer should follow.

The Prescribed Pattern

V. 5 ** For what two reasons did Paul leave Titus on the island of Crete?

1) To "...set in order what remains..."
2) To "...appoint elders in every city..."

** When Titus read this portion of the letter, was he surprised that he was to do these two things?

No, Paul had already directed him to do so.

** Then why would Paul take the time to repeat his directions to Titus, this time in writing?

As a letter of authority for Titus to use as he leads the church members on Crete.

V. 6 ** To what overall standard is the reputation of the elder to meet. (presbuteros - older man)

He "must be above reproach" as God's steward!
There is to be no legitimate charge that can be brought against the man's present lifestyle and character by those in the church or even the world.

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