Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Epistle: Letters that were commissioned from the original circle of Jesus’ apostles and sent to various Jesus communities around the ancient world.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Prose Discourse: A speech that makes persuasive claims through a logical sequence of thought and clear patterns of rhetoric.
Letter: An ancient Jewish-Roman style letter, written to an individual or community, that seeks to persuade the readers to live consistently with the truths they have already embraced.
Paul commissions Titus to show how the good news of Jesus and the power of the Spirit can transform Cretan culture from within.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Titus, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Titus, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
Paul wrote the book of Titus for his companion. Titus was to visit Crete, infamous for its sin, and restore order to house churches there. Part of his job was to replace corrupt teachers in the churches with godly leaders. Paul also reminded Cretan believers that while they lived in a sinful culture, they could be transformed into a new humanity by the same grace that Jesus demonstrated when He died to redeem them.
As new humanity, they could say no to a lifestyle that was inconsistent with God's generous love. They could also show God's salvation message and transform their communities by participating in Cretan culture, rejecting anything corrupt, embracing good, living and devoting themselves to Jesus and promoting the common good.
Paul opens the book of Titus by stating that the God revealed through Jesus is faithful, true and a total departure from typical Cretan culture.
Paul assigns Titus to appoint new leaders who live a life totally different from Cretan culture and to confront corrupt leaders who exemplify Cretan life.
The New Household
The ideal Cretan household will transform society. Its members will demonstrate the redemptive power of the gospel when they live daily by God's value system.
Christian Value System
The value system driving Christian life is based on God's generous grace and love, which appeared in the person of Jesus and transforms daily life.
The New Humanity
God's love and grace are powerful and can produce new spirit-empowered people who are faithful to Jesus's teachings in their homes, community and the world.