CHANGED PEOPLE CHANGE A COMMUNITY
Another son of Paul, Titus is leading a church in Crete, one of the worst cities of the 1st Century. The question Paul answers in his letter is how do I live in Crete and remain a Christian? Paul instructs Titus how to run the church and get the people to live a life above reproach - helping them to do good so that others around them see it. Showing us that a life changed by Christ can change a city - no matter how bad that city is!
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy
TRANSFORMED PEOPLE TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES
After being in this city for a while, they walked the streets together. You never get used to the stark reality of the openly immoral life of these people. This incredible place was surrounded by mountains, as high as you could see covering the length of this island, so it’s cities were few. Their prophets describe the people “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” These people lack ethical principles, stealing and harbouring robbers and pirates were the norm. A Greek historian Polybius described this place:
INSTRUCTIONS TO A CHURCH LEADER | PS STEVE BURGESS
Titus was a Gentile believer. He probably came to faith under the ministry of the apostle Paul. He became a trusted cohort of Paul: a regular travelling companion and a ‘safe pair of hands’. He seemed to have Paul’s confidence, as he was left on the island of Crete with no small task: to bring order to a network of churches that had developed there. (Titus 1:5). Paul is writing this letter to Titus to give him instruction concerning this very task.