Summary: Paul exhorts Titus to maintain a church that is in God’s divine order.

A House in Order

Titus 1:1-16

I. Recall the Straightforward Gospel—the Knowledge of Truth (v. 1-4)

a. Definition of “gospel”

b. Godly living (v. 1; Titus 2:12)

c. Eternal hope (v. 2; 1 Peter 1:3; John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-12)

d. Missionary mentality (v. 3; Romans 1:16; Romans 10:1; 1 Timothy 4:16)

II. Require Elevated Standards (v. 5-9)

a. Home life is above reproach (v. 6)

i. Faithful as a spouse

ii. Faithful as a parent

b. Actions to avoid (v. 7)

i. Rebellion against authority (2 Peter 2:10)

ii. Addictions to physically harmful devices (1 Corinthians 6:19)

iii. Driven by financial gain (1 Timothy 6:10)

c. Actions to maintain (v. 8-9)

i. Hospitality (1 Peter 4:9)

ii. Righteous living

iii. Strict devotion to God’s Word (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

III. Rebuke Bogus Teachings (v. 10-16)

a. Legalistic teachers (v. 10-11, 14a; 1 Timothy 1:6-7; 1 Timothy 1:3-4)

b. Liberal teachers (v. 12-16; 1 Timothy 5:20)


“gospel”—1. a set of beliefs held strongly by a group or person 2. something believed to be absolutely and unquestionably true.

Titus 2:12— 12instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

1 Peter 1:3— 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 John 5:11-12— 11And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

John 3:16— 16"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Romans 1:16— 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 10:1— 1Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.

1 Timothy 4:16— 16Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

2 Peter 2:10— 10and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,

1 Corinthians 6:19— 19Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

1 Timothy 6:10— 10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Peter 4:9— 9Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

2 Thessalonians 2:15— 15So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

1 Timothy 1:6-7— 6For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

1 Timothy 1:3-4— 3As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4nor to pay attention to myths and endless enealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.

1 Timothy 5:20— 20Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.

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