The book of Titus tells how Paul encourages Titus to plant the church in Crete.
Chapter one tells us of Paul’s mission for Titus, the problem and problem makers at Crete, the witness against the Cretians, and the solution to the problem.
This week we will focus on each of these items.
The witness (1:12-14)
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
We have the same type of people in our cities and towns. Some preach false doctrines or pervert the gospel message. Their intent is to turn believers and unbelievers from the truth.
Paul tells Titus not to give heed to these people. We must rebuke them.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
If we know God’s word, we will not be deceived!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001