Titus 1 Lesson

The Heart Of A Servant

INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF TITUS

Titus is made up of three chapters. It was written by Paul in AD 63 after his first Roman imprisonment. Paul is obviously fond of Titus, whom he calls his, “True child in a common faith.”  

Titus was in Crete preparing to appoint elders at the time of Paul’s letter:

  • “For this reason, I left you in Crete, that you might set in order what remains, and appoint elders in every city as I directed you.” – Titus 1:5.

Crete was a troubled city with many rebellious men, empty talkers, and deceivers. Paul writes that these deceivers:

  • “Must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach, for the sake of sordid gain.” - Titus 1:11

PAUL ENCOURAGED TITUS

Knowing that Titus’ undertaking will be challenging, Paul encouraged Titus to do three things:

  1. “In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech, which is beyond reproach, in order that the opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.” – Titus 2:7-8,
  2. “Speak and exhort and reprove with all authority.” – Titus 2:15,
  3. “Speak confidently, so that those who have believed God may be careful to engage in good deeds.” – Titus 3:8.

THE MATURATION OF FAITH

Paul understood that everyone is a sinner. He wrote about this in his letter to the Romans:

Paul also understood that we are to continuously grow our faith by reading the Bible (Romans 10:17). As time goes by, we should do a better job of avoiding sin, as Paul points out in the following two scriptures:

  1. “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11,
  2. “For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.” – Titus 3:3.

HAVING THE HEART OF A SERVANT

Paul was committed to serving others. As Christians, we are to have the heart of a servant and always be looking for ways to glorify God and serve others. When we do these things, we are perfectly aligned with God’s commandments and the example that Jesus gave us when He said:

  • “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:43-45.

The Bible is full of scriptures that show us the importance of serving others.  In today’s lesson, we will highlight three of them:

  1. “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ” - 1 Peter 4:10,
  2. “In everything, I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘ It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”  - Acts 20:35,
  3. “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through loveserve one another.” - Galatians 5:13-14.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP IN THE SECULAR WORLD

The principles of servant leadership have made their way into the secular world. Businesses are finding out that applying Biblical principles to their workplace produces impressive results.

When leaders take the focus off themselves and seek out ways to encourage and develop their team members, they are more successful, happier, and more fulfilled.

In an article entitled, “The Art Of Servant Leadership,” by Mark Tarallo, the following five points are made:

  1. “If a manager is not spending at least 25 percent of his or her time developing future leaders, then you're really not fulfilling your responsibilities as a leader,” 
  2. “Successful servant leadership starts with a leader's desire to serve his or her staff, which in turn serves and benefits the organization at large,” 
  3. “Servant leaders build relationships with staff primarily by listening closely and by asking many questions,
  4. “In many ways, encouragement is the hallmark expression of a servant leader,
  5. “Trust is both a defining characteristic and defining outcome of servant leadership.”

The scripture that these principles are founded on is found in Paul’s letter to the Philippians:

  • “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3

CONCLUSION

Paul was exceptional at looking out for the brethren!  He did an amazing job of encouraging and teaching those less experienced than him – as seen in his letters to Timothy and now in this letter to Titus. 

At his core, Paul was a servant leader devoted to two things:

  1. Glorifying God,
  2. Serving others.

We will end today’s lesson by looking at the following scripture. This scripture was taken from Paul’s second letter to Timothy as he neared the end of his life. They are the same words that we hope to be able to say at the end of our lives:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

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Question for thought: What if the only candidate / candidates for Elder at a local congregation do not meet ALL of the qualifications listed in Titus 1? Can they still be appointed?

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Dan W

The work of shepherding is definitely a noble work.

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Dan W

The subjects of elders and false teachers are connected--the former protects the flock from the latter.

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Question for thought: What if the only candidate / candidates for Elder at a local congregation do not meet ALL of the qualifications listed in Titus 1? Can they still be appointed?

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