Paul’s Final Exhortation


Titus 3:9-15

The apostle Paul had given the young pastor Titus several instructions about running the church in Crete.

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Titus was to set things in order, to appoint elders, to rebuke false teachers, and to teach the believers that doing good deeds is sound doctrine.

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Now we come to Paul's final exhortation to Titus before closing with some personal notes.

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Avoid Controversies (3:9)

Titus was to avoid arguments because they are unprofitable and useless.

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Reject A Divisive Man (3:10-11)

Titus was to reject someone who spread private opinions around and causing division.

He was told to reject him or her after two confrontations.

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If someone has a different view, or cannot submit to the authority of the church, then he or she shouldn't stay and cause division.

He or she should leave quietly and alone, without mounting a rebellion and building a team.

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There is to be no tolerance for those who cause division in the church.

They are to be removed, rejected, and disfellowshipped until they repent and change their ways.

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Paul Made Some Personal Notes (3:12-15)

Artemas and Zenas are unknown to us outside of this reference.

But we can examine the ministry of Tychicus in the book of Ephesians (6:19-24) and Colossians (4:7-18).

Apollos is the best-known of the four.

He was an Alexandrian Jew who was a powerful Bible teacher.

He became an evangelist and a leader in the church after he learned the complete gospel message (Acts 18).

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Finally, Paul told Titus that true Christianity is not inactive or unfruitful.

It is to serve others.

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Titus' job as the pastor was to teach the people of the church to do good deeds and meet pressing needs.

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Real Bible teaching teaches the real body of Christ to do real ministry until there really is unity.

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May God's grace be with us all.


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