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You may read and introduction and outline of Titus, here.

A prayer from Gregory of Nazianus [ (329-389) an early Church father] for your use before reading.

Lord, as I read the psalms let me hear you singing. As I read your words, let me hear you speaking. As I reflect on each page, let me see your image. And as I seek to put your precepts into practice, let my heart be filled with joy. Amen.

Outline:

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 group

    2. 2:11-15 Grace and Piety

    3. 3:1-2 Instructions for the church: Now all in the church are instructed to be subordinate to “rulers and authorities”. This statement reflects the common view of the day that household order and political order were related and also reflects the author’s concern for orderly and respectful behavior. Why is this important to the author?

     4. 3:3-8a Divine Goodness and Human Effort: These verses are the theological explanation for the preceding verses. Christians behave in a particular way because of the way God has treated us.

C. 3:8b-11 Final Instructions: Final words on dealing with difficult people.

III. 3:12-15 Conclusion Final personal instruction and closing

 

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.

 

 

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