As we begin our sermon series through the book of Titus, we see Paul exhorting Titus to set the church in order. There are three primary aspects in the book of Titus: the order of leadership, the order of the body and the order of mission. Paul begins by addressing leadership, and while it would be easy to check out if you don’t find yourself in a leadership position, the truth is, this text has great bearing on us all. Biblical leadership will push the church toward the truths of God which will be manifested in holy living. What we will see drive throughout the book of Titus is the connection between our theology, character and conduct. In short, theology should inform and instruct our character and conduct.
Leadership in Order Submits to God: v. 1-4
There are two ways that we see submission to God here. First, Paul is submitted in position. He realizes that he belongs to God. He recognizes that God literally possesses him and is free to do with him as He pleases. In light of this, we see submission in service. Paul’s service to God is rooted in his understanding that he belongs to God, therefore he does as God pleases. Do you realize that you belong to God? Are you willing to serve wherever God would have you serve?
Leadership in Order Sets a Godly Example: v.5-9
Paul then moves to the point of the book which is setting the church in order. He immediately follows that by laying out qualifications for Elders. Again, it’s important for us to remember that these standards are standards that we should strive for. So while this command is for elders, we should own this in our lives. We are to be above reproach in our relationships and our conduct. With respect to relationship Paul lays out a husband who is faithful and committed to his wife. Are we faithful and committed in every aspect to our spouse? He also references children that are faithful. If we are parents, are we endeavoring to raise children that are faithful to Jesus and the Gospel?
Then Paul address our conduct. He lists a host of characteristics in verses 7-9. There are some things he cautions us against and then others that he commands of us. The question for us is this: is my conduct above reproach as a reflection of Christ in my life?
Leadership in Order Confronts Sin: v.10-16
Paul finishes with leadership in order confronting sin. Far too often we are willing or even content to minimize or ignore sin. Yet a church in order, and individuals in order will address and deal with sin. Paul specifically mentions rebuking sin for a soundness in faith. Our desire to engage sin is connected to our desire for truth and godliness in our lives. Let us be people who will confront sin in our lives and in the lives of those that God has around us.