Managing God’s Household (Titus 1:5-9)

Monk Reading Book

My translation of Titus 1:5-9, from the Greek text: 

(5) This is why I left you in Crete, in order for you to set in order what was remaining, and appoint elders in every city, just as I directed you, (6) if anyone is beyond criticism, a one-woman man, having faithful children, not in an accusation of reckless extravagance or insubordinate.  (7) For it is necessary for the overseer to be beyond criticism as a manager of God’s house, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not always around wine, not violent, not greedy for gain, (8) rather hospitable, a lover of good, soberminded, just, pure, self-controlled, (9) holding fast to the faithful word according to the doctrine, in order that he may be able to exhort in the teaching and to refute those who contradict it. 

Preaching “Skeleton” Outline

  1. (5) This is why I left you in Crete,
    1. I left you in order for you to…
      1. set in order
        1. To set in order what was remaining.
      2. and appoint elders in every city
        1. appoint elders just as I directed you.
        2. (6) appoint elders if anyone is…
          1. beyond criticism
          2. a one-woman man
          3. having faithful children
          4. if he is not…
            1. in an accusation of reckless extravagance
            2. or insubordinate
  2. (7) For it is necessary for the overseer to be…
    1. beyond criticism as a manager of God’s house
    2. not self-willed
    3. not quick-tempered
    4. not always near wine
    5. not violent
    6. not greedy for gain
    7. rather, hospitable,
    8. a lover of good
    9. soberminded
    10. just
    11. holy
    12. self-controlled
    13. (9) an overseer must be all this while holding fast to the trustworthy word, according to the teaching,
      1. holding fast to the word in order that he may be able…
        1.  to exhort in the healthy doctrine
        2. and to refute those who contradict (it).

Notes: 

  • The elder is the overseer. This is the same role. There is no distinction between “presbyter/priest” and “bishop,” as there is in the Roman Catholic system.
  • The overseer is to have certain, godly personal attributes. He must be of a godly character. In fact he must not even be open to accusation of being debaucherous or insubordinate. The idea is that, for a person to have authority, they must be subject to authority. Otherwise, they don’t desire just authority, they just want themselves to be the authority, because they only care about themselves. A just man recognizes his place in the world.
  • The overseer’s family is to be in order and faithful.
  • The role of an overseer is two-fold. He acts as a steward/caretaker of God’s house, the church. And he studies and holds forth the word, so that he may encourage and rebuke according to sound doctrine. The overseer’s job is not to come up with new teaching but to “hold fast” to “the teaching”–this implies that there is just one accepted body of Christian doctrine. We don’t need something new. God’s truth is eternal and doesn’t change. The overseer recognizes that and clings to it. The word of God is the standard by which he stewards God’s house.
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Author: Joel Settecase

Joel Settecase has served in pastoral and teaching roles at Grace Pointe Church in Plainfield, IL, as well as Chicago Hope Academy and Park Community Church in Chicago. He is the author of the New Covenant Catechism for Little Ones and the Settecase Student Ministry Learning Standards, and he has been blogging on ministry and apologetics since 2013. Joel is the proud husband of Aliza and father of three children.

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