«Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of Gods elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness» (Titus 1:1).
THIS PASTORAL EPISTLE was addressed to Titus as he was devoted to ministering the Christians in Crete. We know that Titus was Paul’s spiritual son. Paul’s aim in writing was to guide and strengthen the faith and Christian life of those who had converted. Paul advised the organization of the church to be more complete and formal, and instructed Titus concerning qualifications for church elders.
In chapter l, Titus was instructed on how to deal with leaders in his church. And what were the duties of the leaders or elders? An elder had to be undefiled and irreproachable, have only one wife, and be faithful to her; he could not be irritable or arrogant, given to wine, or violent or greedy. He had to be hospitable and love what was good, have self-control, and be righteous and holy. An elder had to be able to use the doctrine to encourage those who were sincere and reject those who were deceivers (Titus 1:5—9).
Titus was also instructed to deal with legalists in the church. Paul said that legalists were rebellious, deceitful, greedy, untruthful, malicious, and lazy. Their way of acting completely contradicted their speech. Those people had to be silenced and publicly reprimanded (v. 10—13).
Paul preached the gospel persistently, and trained missionary leaders. Barnabas discipled Paul, Paul discipled Titus, and Titus discipled the elders and young people in Crete.
The apostle made it a part of his work to educate young men for the office of the ministry. He took them with him on his missionary journeys, and thus they gained an experience that later enabled them to fill positions of responsibility. When separated from them, he still kept in touch with their work, and his letters to Timothy and to Titus are evidences of how deep was his desire for their success (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 367).
Therefore, if you are a church leader, be a missionary leader like Paul and live to train other disciples. Do not forget that «discipling is not just teaching what you learn but living what you teach» (Carlos Moreira).
On the other hand, if you are not a leader, pray and support your church leadership and participate in the mission because «servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given» (Last Day Events, p. 203).