What can we learn from the life of Titus?
Barnabas and Paul both attend the "Council of Jerusalem" to discuss . Titus ( 2Cor ) and Philemon (Phlm 17 - even though he is one of. This chapter discusses Barnabas's mentoring relationship with Paul as a . Paul's regular practice of investing in younger leaders like Timothy and Titus. Acts Accountability is not guaranteed by any certain relationship since the relationship itself does not One wonders if Paul would have made it without Barnabas. Did this take place in a formal classroom for Titus, Onesimus, Luke, and Silas?.
So chapter 1 makes it clear that the Church, its ministry and members must live by the ethical codes that follow throughout this letter.
Instructions for the Church The Pastoral Epistles contain teaching specifically for the ministry and for the ministry to share with the Church. Paul guides both Titus and Timothy to recognize the need for proper behavior by all.
Paul teaches Titus that he must set the example, living rightly, speaking soundly and avoiding pointless arguments that lead to strife and no good conclusions. In Titus chapter 2 Paul addresses the actions of members in different categories: And Paul teaches Titus that he must set the example, living rightly, speaking soundly and avoiding pointless arguments that lead to strife and no good conclusions.
Good works and righteous behavior are required from all. Paul tells Titus to use ministerial authority to exhort or rebuke when needed.
Paul's Associates and Co-Workers
Actions speak louder than words Chapter 3 is a good study in relationships. Paul reminds Titus that this life is a learning experience as we relate to others, including those in authority.
We must be patient and understanding with all. Dissension over doctrines was rampant in many areas, and Paul tells Titus to hold fast the truth as he had learned it from Paul.
Peers in a classroom learning theory? Real life is different from laboratory theory. An education in itself does not prepare one for life. Just as an airplane has two wings, the cognitive must be balanced with practical application.
Think of the list of individuals in the New Testament who were impacted by the apostle Paul. Did this take place in a formal classroom for Titus, Onesimus, Luke, and Silas? Rather, their foundational training in the Scriptures was given context and application as the apostolic ministry team went from city to city. Who is the 21st century Paul you are pursuing?
Observation tells us that mentoring is not best accomplished through a formal program. Mentoring takes place best as the one desiring formational input pursues. Mentoring takes place as we watch, listen, serve, follow, learn, read, glean, emulate. Each minister needs to pursue someone who excels in some area of life or ministry. Thanks to 21st-century technology and travel, the whole world is open to us through print media—classic and current—tapes, interactive CDs, the Internet, conferences, and networking.
This allows any minister, wherever he or she may be serving, to connect with any Christian leader anywhere. So, pursue a Paul. Key in on someone you respect. Prayerfully ask the Lord to lead you to the influencers who can have formational impact on your life. Pursuing a Paul is not an activity solely for the younger minister. All can benefit from being a lifelong learner. Perhaps the attrition rate of ministers can be normalized. Train A Timothy A third key ministry-development relationship we observe in the New Testament is embodied in training.
When, as a minister, you find a willing, motivated follower, take time and expend energy, and invest in training. Answer these questions to help you evaluate your suitability: Are you a person of patience? Do you take the long-range view?
Titus: Another of Paul’s Special Sons in the Faith - Life, Hope & Truth
What is your area of competence? In what skills are you qualified, and what is your specific area of expertise? How strong are your interpersonal skills? Are your relationships generally healthy? Are you capable of sticking with people over time while they develop? Are you willing to take risks? Are you willing to accept responsibility to help someone else grow?
Is your character worth emulating? Would God approve of someone adopting your behaviors, attitudes, values, language, and mannerisms? Are you willing to make time for someone else? Is there any sin or unhealthy situation that you have not addressed that could possibly damage your relationship with another person?
Are you fundamentally committed to honoring Him in every area? Training is a cyclical activity involving instruction, implementation, observation, and evaluation. Training gives further opportunity for implementation and observation with evaluative feedback, followed by further instruction as necessary with the cycle continuing.
Intentional training is needed in the ranks of our ministers today. Skills need to be learned and competencies need to be refined.
Titus: Another of Paul’s Special Sons in the Faith
Many young Timothys desperately need increased effectiveness. They need to be well-trained. While the primary result may be that the young minister is trained and more effective, several things happen as a by-product of this activity.
Benefit also comes to the one doing the training. Furthermore, joy wells up in the heart of the one investing the training energy whenever those influenced become effective in the work of God.
Well-trained ministers have a better potential for longevity in ministry just as well-trained marathon runners have a better chance at finishing the race. In addition, the process and discipline of training another can have a positive effect on the trainer through reinforcement of truth.