Titus


Chapter 1 (1 - 9)

From Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to Titus, true child of mine in the faith we share, wishing you grace and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Saviour

The reason I left you behind in Crete was for you to appoint elders in every town: each of them a man of irreproachable character, married only once, not arrogant or hot-tempered, not a heavy drinker, not out to make money

A man who is hospitable and a friend of all that is good; sensible, devout, with a firm grasp of the Good News, a good teacher, able to refute people who argue against sound doctrine

Jesus, please help all pastors be good "elders"

 


Chapter 2 (1 - 10)

It's your job to preach the behavior that goes with sound doctrine:

the older men should be reserved, dignified, moderate, sound in faith and love

The older women should be teachers of good behavior, avoiding scandalmongering and too much wine. They should be an example to the younger women in their love for their husbands and children

Younger men should be moderate, with yourself setting an example of sincerity for them

Slaves should be obedient to their masters, and avoid petty thieving

Jesus,  help me be a good person, a good Christian

 


Chapter 2 (11 - 14)

God's grace has made salvation available for the whole human race.
We must give up everything that does not lead to God

We must delete our worldly ambitions. We must be self-restrained and live good lives here in this present world, while we wait in hope for the blessings that will come with the Coming of the glory of our God and savior Christ Jesus

He sacrificed himself for us in order to set us free from wickedness, and to purify us so that we would have no ambition except to do good

Jesus, please help me give up everything that does not lead to you

 


Chapter 3 (1 - 7)

Remind everyone to be obedient to government officials; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; not to go slandering other people or picking quarrels; to be courteous and polite to everyone

There was a time when we too were ignorant; when we lived in wickedness and ill-will, hating each other and hateful ourselves

But then the kindness and love of God our Saviour were revealed, and God saved us because of his compassion

God saved us by the cleansing water of rebirth, and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit whom he has poured over us through Jesus Christ our Saviour

So we are justified by his grace, and look forward to eternal life

Jesus, Saviour of the world, you are our Saviour

 


Chapter 3 (8 - 15)

Tell people to keep their minds occupied in doing good works.
Avoid useless speculations about trivial matters

All believers, including elders, should try to be self-supporting

Grace be with you all

Jesus, help me be a doer and not just a talker