Summary: A look at Spiritual Growth according to Paul
I. Paul’s introduction (1:1)
A. Self Identification
B. Designation of two motivational roles he fills
C. His audience
D. Purpose of writing
E. Result to be desired
II. Self Identification
A. Do you know who you are?
B. husband, parent, grandparent, pastor, etc.
1. each have many roles to fill
2. easy to have identity crises in today’s world
III. Paul chose two of his primary roles to serve as his calling card, his
identity with this church.
A. A slave of God
1. a slave has no power of his own
a. a slave must do the bidding of his master
b. a slave is not his own person, bought with a price
2. Paul even names his master, God.
B. Apostle of Jesus Christ
1. establish his authority, does not come in his own name,
2. comes as one called of God, sent by God
IV. His audience
A. "According to " (Gr.) kata’
1. pertaining to
2. in relationship to
a. Paul would never address the lost with the content of this letter
b. Paul’s slavery to God and apostleship to Jesus would carry little
weight with the lost.
c. the roles he fulfills are only pertinent to the saved, this is his
relationship and authority pertaining to them.
B. God’s elect
1. emphases on God
2. salvation is an act of God’s determinate will
3. God draws us to Him through The Holy Spirit
4. we respond to God’s initial call
V. Purpose of this letter
A. Acknowledging of the truth
1. knowing and understanding of
2. as always truth is God’s standard
3. The Truth
a. gospel of Jesus Christ (1:3)
b. doctrines of the church taught by Paul (2:1,10-15)
B. Reassurance of Titus’ role in Crete (1:4-5)
VI. Outcome Paul expected
1. after (Gr.) kata’
2. pertaining to or in relationship to
B. In relationship to the truth they are to know and understand.
C. Knowing and understanding the truth of God’s word will and must
produce Godly living.