Much of the introductory comments for 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy also apply to Titus. Titus, along with 1 and 2 Timothy comprise what are called the “Pastoral Epistles”. In Titus we have some autobiographical material about Paul. (Assuming Paul wrote Titus, see the introduction to 1 and 2 Timothy). Titus is not mentioned in Acts. but is mentioned in Galatians (2:1-3).
In this letter Paul, or someone writing in Paul’s name, is sending instructions for the supervision of new churches in Crete. This letter is somewhat similar to 1 Timothy in that it consists mostly of instructions for the community rather than instructions to an individual.
There are three main sections in this letter, Chapter 1- outlines what is necessary for church leaders, in light of the presence of false teaching. Chapter 2- the correct way to approach particular groups in the church. Chapter 3- the life of the church in the world.
I. 1:1-4 Salutation
II. 1:5-3:11 Body of letter
A. 1:5-16 Administration of the church
1. 1:5-9 Elders
2. 1:10-16 Rebellious people
B. 2:1-3:8a Proper Behavior
1. 2:1-10 Instructions for various groups
2. 2:11-15 Grace and Piety
3. 3:1-2 Instructions for the church
4. 3:3-8a Divine Goodness and Human Effort
C. 3:8b-11 Final Instructions
III. 3:12-15 Conclusion
Read More About It
Bassler, Jouette M. “1,2 Timothy and Titus” in HarperCollins Bible Commentary, rev. ed.James L Mays, ed. (New York: Society of Bible Literature) 2000.
Johnson, Luke Timothy, The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, rev. ed. (Minneapolis:Fortress Press) 1999. Chapter 19 “The Pastoral Letters:1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus.
Quanbeck, Warren,Beardslee, William A. “Titus” in The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Bruce M. Metzger, Roland E. Murphy eds. (New York: Oxford University Press) 1994.