God’s Household (Titus 1:1-4)

As a young pastor I appreciate the investment I’ve received from pastors with more experience and wisdom. Lately I’ve been working through the Apostle Paul’s pastoral letters, outlining them by hand from the Greek, an interlinear and a couple of good, literal translations. My goal has been to identify main and supporting points, adding brief commentary and preaching notes, all to get mentorship from the man himself.

I’ve found this process to be really helpful. It is really as if I’m being personally discipled by the Apostle Paul! I have been able to gain a greater understanding of what Paul was saying, and that has been hugely beneficial to my spiritual life. I think these outlines would be beneficial to others too, so I am sharing them here for your perusal.

These are not fully fleshed out sermons; they are what David Martyn Lloyd-Jones called “skeletons.” I hope you find them as helpful as I have. Without further ado, here’s Titus 1:1-4.

My translation: 

(1) Paul, a slave of God and apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of truth that accords with godliness, (2) according to the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before eternal times, (3) but manifested His word in proclamation, with which I was entrusted according to the authority of God our Savior.

(4) To Titus, a genuine child according to common faith.

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Skeleton: 

  1. (1-3) Section One
    1. I, Paul, am a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ
      1. I am a slave and apostle according to (two things)
        1. According to the faith of the elect of God (Paul’s apostleship agrees with what God’s chosen ones believe)
        2. And according to the truth
          1. The truth accords with godliness
        3. I am a slave and apostle in the hope of eternal life
          1. God promised eternal life before eternal time
            1. God cannot lie
            2. But God manifested His Word in his own times
              1. He manifested His Word in the proclamation
                1. I was entrusted with the proclamation
                  1. I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior.
    2.  Notes on Section One
      1. Paul is a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
      2. This fact agrees with the truth Christians believe and by which they may live godly lives.
      3. Paul serves in the hope of eternal life which God promised before time began.
      4. God cannot lie, (so how did he bring his promise to life?).
      5. He brought his word to life in preaching
      6. Paul was entrusted with that preaching by the commandment of God, who is our Savior.
      7. So Paul’s proclamation of the Gospel is the means God uses to bring His promise of eternal life to the world.
  2. (4a) Section Two
    1. Titus is my true child
      1. Titus is my true child according to our common faith.
    2. Notes on Section Two
      1. Paul is a father figure to Titus.
      2. Their bond is not genetic but spiritual
      3. Their bond is based upon their common faith.
      4. When two people have entrusted themselves to Jesus Christ, they become part of the family of God, which makes them family with each other (cf. Eph. 4:25 – we are members of one another)
  3. (4b) Section Three
    1. (4b) Grace and peace (be to you) from
      1. God the Father
      2. And Christ Jesus
        1. Christ Jesus is our Savior
    2.  Notes on Section Three
      1. He calls God “Father”
        1. This is what Jesus called God.
        2. Jesus is God’s Son.
        3. We are of the family of Christ, by our common faith in Him.
        4. Therefore we have the same Father that Jesus has.
      2. Earlier Paul called God (the Father) our Savior. Here he calls Jesus our Savior. God the Father and God the Son are both God. And they are both properly called our Savior. They are one in unity and Deity, distinct in Personhood (Doctrine of the Trinity)
  4.  Applications from this passage:
    1. We are united with fellow believers by faith, into a “true” family.
    2. Older believers bring up younger believers and bless them.
    3. Our promise-keeping Father manifests eternal life through the preaching of the Gospel.
    4. So unite with your faith family around the Gospel, and preach that Gospel to everyone!
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