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Titus - Introduction

THINKING BIBLICALLY - Part 1            Page 5

** Paul had three main reasons for writing this epistle. They were:

1) To give directions for the sanctification of the church family. (1:5 - 3:11)

2) To urge Titus to come to Nicopolis. (3:12)

3) To help Zenas and Apollos get supplies for their journey. (3:13)

While the last two reasons were of great importance to Paul, we will be spending our time learning and applying the truths contained in the main reason for his writing.

** What do we know about Titus?

He was led to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ by the apostle himself, as was Timothy.
cf. Titus 1:4 and 1Timothy 1:2

Titus is mentioned some 13 times in the New Testament. Twice in Paul's letter to the Galatians, once in 2Timothy 4:10, here in Titus and no less than nine times in 2Corinthians. However the first implied reference to Titus is in Acts 15:2.

Acts 15:1-2 - Read passage "...and certain others of them, should go up to Jerusalem..."

Galatians 2:1-3 "I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also."

** What did Paul think of Titus?

2Corinthians 2:13 - "I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother..."

2Corinthians 7:6 - "...comforted us by the coming of Titus."

2Corinthians 8:6 - "...we urged Titus...so he would also complete in you this gracious work"

2Corinthians 8:16 - "...who puts the same earnestness on your behalf in the heart of Titus."

2Corinthians 8:23 - "As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow-worker among you..."

The apostle Paul loved and depended on Titus as a faithful brother, friend, partner and co-worker in the cause of Jesus Christ.

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