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Titus (long version)

Setting the Church in Order

In this short study of one of the neglected books of the Bible, we see Paul at his pragmatic best.  For those who separate things spiritual into "high" and "low", this book presents an opposite view.  For though Paul is dealing with the practical questions of church administration, those questions bear upon the very life of the church.  Titus faces a severe test; he is a young man, appointed over those older - and some of the older men are corrupting the church.  Paul's practical advice touches upon the ordinary as it reveals the soaring grace of God.

Titus 1:1-4 A Compact Introduction -  A compact introduction to Paul, faith and knowledge and hope of the Christian.
Titus 1:5-16 Job Description - The characteristics of elders - and of those who oppose them.
Titus 2:1-6 Grumpy Old Men - How the young minister is to deal with older members of the congregation, and their failings.
Titus 2:9-15 Slaves - Wage and Otherwise - Guide for conduct by slaves (wage and otherwise) stressing the temporary nature of this world.
Titus 3:1-8 Civil Works -  The relationship between the Christian and the state, especially in times of conflict.
Titus 3:9-15 Never Teach a Pig to Sing - Dealing with heretics (the divisive) in the church.

These lessons were originally delivered in 2000. A newer, shorter study on Titus may be found here.